Sunday, December 07, 2014

eos Smooth Spheres Lip Balms

The first time I saw an eos Smooth Sphere was in a Miley Cyrus music video, and my first thought was that this must be some expensive American lip product big in Tinseltown. 
So, imagine my surprise when I popped into Urban Outfitters this weekend to find that they have a whole range of flavours. The best bit? They are just a snip at £6 each! You could build up an impressive collection without breaking the bank - and that sounds just fab to me. 
After perusing the display, I settled for ‘Passionfruit’ which comes in a light purple sphere. I was barely out of the shop before I ripped off the packaging to give it a go. Immediately, I was really impressed!
If you’re the sort of girl who always has a pot of Vaseline in the handbag, you MUST agree that while the product is great it can be a massive pain to have to apply it with your finger. The ball shape of the balm means these are so easy to apply, and get even coverage. 
What I really like about my eos sphere is that it’s ‘subtle’ - for want of a better word. eos stands for ‘Evolution of Smooth’, and I really think they have evolved the balm formula so that your lips are moisturised without being saturated with gloss. There really isn’t any greasiness either and this is a must for me; there is nothing worse than applying a slightly shiny lip balm and stepping outside to find there are gale force winds - and your hair is now stuck fast to it.
I also really loved the fruity smell. There are so many other interesting flavours of these spheres, that I really would have loved for there to be a few testers that I could look at first. I was quite intrigued by Vanilla Mint - but had some reservations about the possibility of feeling like rubbed some polos round my mouth. Maybe that will be my next one!
I am thoroughly impressed with this product and have yet to find a flaw. I think the way that they are packaged is a real novelty, and there are so many varieties - I can’t see me getting bored soon!
Have you guys tried them? Let me know what you think…

Friday, December 05, 2014

Keeping your pout pristine with Lipcote!

In the last few months, I’ve really taken a liking to darker matte lipsticks. While I love the instant glam you get with a bold lippy, the longevity can be a bit of a problem.

I have a friend with a penchant for bright lippy, and when I asked how she kept her pout looking perfecto - she pointed me to Lipcote! It’s a really cheap product, at about £2.79 at Boots stores, and I imagine it will last me for some time. It’s a small bottle, with a brush that mostly resembles one you might find in your nail vanish. You apply over your favourite lipstick, leave to dry, and you should find it lasts twice as long. It’s quite a watery formula, so a little bit does tend to go a long way. While the Lipcote is drying, you do get a bit of tingly sensation - but this didn’t really bother me. It dries really quickly, which is great too. 

Generally, I’ve been really impressed with Lipcote. That’s not to say I didn’t have some teething problems at first. It’s really important to let the Lipcote later dry, rather than rub your lips together like you might to rub lipsticks in a little more. Also, there is little point in trying this with shimmery or slightly glossy lipsticks. I found this causes the lipstick to disperse a little bit on my lips - definitely not a chic look! 

For my matte sticks though, I would really recommend this. As you can probably tell, I’ve been using this over reds - hence the slight tint in the bottle. Maybe it is high time for me to purchase some more lip pies and carry out further experimentation. Any excuse to shop!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

How to get ready for Christmas without turning into a raving lunatic!

As much as I may profess otherwise, the honest truth is that I really can be one unorganised lady. I’m the girl who has great intentions of being early, but is always scrambling for my handbag and heading for the door minutes before I have to be somewhere!
There never seems to be enough hours in the day, and if one thing is going to creep up on you without warning - it’s Christmas. As a woman whose been known to do the Christmas shop on the 23rd December, this year I vowed to be different.
Here are my top tips;
Manage your funds • Its a sad reality that there are only 3 pays from the end of summer until December - make sure you’re not rubbing pennies together come the end of November!
Make sure you get an advent calendar • Whoever told you you’re too old for an chocolatey countdown is wrong, just wrong. 
Nag your relatives (and whoever else might be on your gifting lift) • In my experience there’s two types of people; the person with a list that goes on for miles, and the person who doesn’t know. In the case of the former, you’ve lucked in and have your pick of possible gifts at different prices. For the latter? Threaten with no presents - see where that gets you.
Get online and find the best discounts • This year has seen me do some super savvy shopping! While the Black Friday deals may now be over, but there’s no reason you can’t still grab a pre Crimbo bargain. My top tip once you find something you want to buy is to use the Shopping feature on Google - and see where the cheapest place is you can buy it. Bingo!
Beware of expected delivery dates • I’ve made the fatal error of not checking - cue: presents arriving on the 27th and disgrunted family members!
Don’t stash you presents away too well! • This year I almost managed to buy my mum’s Christmas present twice, as I managed to forget the box I put together to store all the prezzies. Don’t hide them too well, but be careful enough to keep them away from snoops!
Christmas goodies • If you’re anything like me, you’re all about the food! Make sure whoever is in charge of the shopping makes sure that they have a clear list of all the best bits - including the booze!
Finally… ENJOY!

Monday, December 01, 2014

Revlon Lip Butters

As we head into the winter months, I’ve been getting more into deeper Autumn shades in matte finishes - especially my match made No7 lippy (see previous blog post!). And, as loooovely as these are, as the weather gets colder I find these a little drying and am on the lookout to keep them super soft and nourished.
Cue: Revlon’s fabulous collection of lip butters!
I purchased my first after seeing a friend with some, and I’ve gained a few more since. Here are the lip butters I have gathered, with swatches and my views…
The first is Creme Brûlée. This is a glossy nude, which is ever so subtle. It’s great for neutral makeup looks, but I also favour it when I’m going for a dark smoky eye - and a bold lip is a bit too ‘in your face’.
Second is Sugar Frosting. This is the pinky equivalent to Creme Brûlée in my opinion. It’s subtle with a touch of the girly hue, though it looks almost colourless with a first application. One of my favourite from the bunch.
Third is Strawberry Shortcake. I was drawn to this one as I liked the name, and the girly pink colour. However, after trying it a few times I can confirm it is not for me. The shade of pink just isn’t my colour, and looks a bit Barbie-esque against my pale skin. Not the best pick for me.
Last we have Berry Smoothie. One of my preferred choice of the four. I’m really into berry shades and this one really doesn’t disappoint. The slightly deeper shade goes much better with my skin tone - without looking too dark. It’s the perfect day to night butter, and I can see it being a go-to for me this Winter.
If you’re looking for a moisture fix, this is your product! There are tons of other colours to choose from - let me know what you think :)