Sunday, 19 May 2013

April 2013 empties: Vichy, MAC, L'Oreal, YSL Beaute, Simple Skincare, Creightons

Hey ladies!
Hope you're well and looking forward to the Bank Holiday coming up :-)
Here are the beauty products I used up in the month of April:
Skincare:
 
Vichy Normaderm Micellar Lotion
I've heard a lot of great things about the Vichy brand - especially the Dermablend foundation - but this is my first product from them. I needed a new Micellar water to remove my make up but opted for the Vichy version for oily skin instead of the normal one. It worked to remove my make up but it's nothing special - I prefer the scent of the Caudalie Micellar water so I'll probably buy that next time instead.
MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover (travel size)
I pop this in my travel make up bag to remove my make up after a night out and it works a treat. It's so much more effective than make up wipes and it does it really quickly!
Simple Kind to Eyes Makeup Remover
I ALWAYS come back to this! It's my favourite drugstore make up remover by far and I'll keep buying it when I need something cheap that always works.
Hair:
 
Creightons Perfect Blonde Intensive Shampoo and Conditioner
I don't have blonde hair but I dyed my ends lighter and I use this to keep them bright. They're only £1 each from Poundland and they're bloody brilliant - I always come back to them! I would definitely recommend picking some up if you have a branch near you.
L'Oreal Elnett Very Volume Supreme Hold Hairspray x 2
I've bigged up this hairspray before and I'll keep going on about it until the cows come home! I like my hair to look big and voluminous and this always works to achieve that look. I carry the travel size version around with me and I've got two or three on standby for when I run out!
L'Oreal Elvive Smooth & Polish Intensive Masque*
This is a lovely thick and creamy masque and it feels like a real treat when you apply it to your hair. It leaves my ends feeling soft and silky and I'd definitely recommend it.
Other:

Tesco Fruity Shower Gel
Another product I bring with me on my travels - it lathers up nicely and smells refreshing! I'd like to try the other scents for sure.
Wilko Nail Polish Remover Acetone Free
Considering this is Wilko's own, it works really well and I'd have no qualms re-purchasing it.
Yves Saint Laurent Touché Éclat #1
I was SO gutted when this ran out!!! I nearly cried... Not seriously but still, it's one of my favourite products and I'll continue to buy it. You get what you pay for with this product, it may be a bit pricey but it's SO worth it!
What did you use up this month? Leave your links in the comments :-)
Love,
Sophia
xo
* = PR samples

 

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Models Own nail polish haul: Glitter trio, Pastel trio and neon yellow

Hey loves!
I hope you're all well and enjoying the spring weather :-)
Recently I indulged in a little nail retail therapy! Suffice to say I have enough nail polishes to last me my entire life but I insist on buying more...
Until this haul, I had never used the Models Own brand. I'd seen it reviewed on blogs and in YouTube haul videos etc but I hadn't tried them myself. I am now a complete convert! Here's the colours I hauled...
Models Own Glitter Mini Trio and Silver Glitter Nail Polish
You may think that glitter polishes are just for Christmas but I reckon otherwise. A silver or gold glitter accent nail looks really chic all year round.

From L-R: Models Own Emerald City, Scarlet Sparkle, Bluebelle and Juicy Jules
All the glitter shades were full of little sparkles and only needed two coats to reach the desired opacity (above). Emerald City is one of my favourite shades of them all!
With emerald green voted Pantone's Colour of 2013, this is one colour I can definitely see myself wearing through spring/summer 2013.
The glittery red and royal blue shades are colours I could see myself reaching for more through the winter months as they're quite dark - but I think nude nails with a silver glitter accent nail like Juicy Jules looks really cute and summery.

Models Own Neon Yellow Nail Polish and Pastel Trio

How bright is the neon yellow shade?! Seriously amazing...

From L-R: Luis Lemon (Neon), Fuzzy Peach, Top Turquoise and Lilac Dream

I have already worn the neon yellow shade LOADS already - it's that bright, fluro colour that instantly jazzes up any outfit. I like to apply it over a white nail polish to really make the neon pop.

The Fuzzy Peach (orange) shade is one that will never go out of style - and the teal colour (Top Turquoise) is an ideal transitional colour for spring. I also couldn't believe how thick and creamy the lilac shade was, it only needed one cost to reach the full opacity above.

I think it's safe to say I will be stocking up on more Models Own nail polishes in the future. I have my eye on ALL of the neon Hed Kandi shades so you'll probably see those in a haul post soon! Haha :-)

Are you a Models Own fan? Have you tried the Hed Kandi shades?

Let me know in the comments or over on Twitter now!

Love,

Sophia

xo

 

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

GOSH Long Lasting Brow Pen in 004 Wheat: review, swatches and FOTD

Hey ladies,

Hope you're well :-)

So let's talk eyebrows! I fill mine in pretty much every day, whether it's with a brow pencil, pen or powder eyeshadow. I think it makes a big difference when they're filled in as they frame your face. Of course, I've made some eyebrow faux-pas in the past - mainly filling them in too dark!

I'm still on the hunt for my Holy Grail eyebrow product and recently I've been using GOSH's Long Lasting Brow Pen in Wheat, as recommended by Holly (Yummy Mummy's Beauty Blog).
 
 
Comparion swatches:

MAC Eyebrows in Lingering

GOSH Long Lasting Brow Pen in 004 Wheat

MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Dirty Blonde


As you can see, it has more of grey undertone to it than MAC Lingering - which is pretty much my go-to brow shade! It also makes MAC Dirty Blonde pencil look really orange, which it isn't.

 

Eyebrows before and after applying Gosh Brow Pen in Wheat:

I liked the effect of the pen, I think it looked really natural and the colour was a pretty good match. Applying it was a little odd as it's not what I'm used to but it did fill in every last stroke.


The colour did last on my brows all day but randomly, and I've not read this before, the shade turned a little green as the day went on! A couple of people spotted it to me which was slightly embarrassing...


Here's how it looked with the rest of my make-up...


FOTD featuring GOSH Long Lasting Brow Pen in Wheat:

FACE: MAC Fix+ to prime, YSL Touche Eclat #1, MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW15, MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC15 (applied with ELF Studio Stippling Brush), Benefit Hoola Bronzer (applied with ELF Studio Complexion Brush), MAC Fix+ to set.

EYES: Urban Decay Original Primer Potion, Sleek Storm Palette (matte taupe and brown shades), Soap and Glory SUPERCAT Carbon Black Felt Tip Eyeliner Pen, Avon Color Trend Kajal Stick, CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara.

EYEBROWS: GOSH Long Lasting Brow Pen in 004 Wheat.

LIPS: Mac Lipstick in Cosmo, Lipcote to seal.

You can probably see the green-ish tint to my eyebrows in the above pic, random huh?!
It's definitely worth trying if you're still on the hunt for your holy grail, natural-looking brow product and want something quick and easy - but let me know if yours goes a little green too!
What's your go-to brow product?
Love,
Sophia
xo