Thursday, March 17, 2016

Estée Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick Review

Last weekend I made my first Estée Lauder purchase and I have to stay, unfortunately for my bank balance, I feel this could be the start of something expensive.

I picked up a Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick which, if you haven't seen, is packaged in luxurious gold. These lipsticks have a moisturising and hydrating formula and are designed to be super long lasting.

After perusing the aisles, I left with the shade 'Plum Frost'. It looks quite dark, but when applied appears really quite different. It's a mid gone plum with a lot of shimmer to it, as you can see below.

It feels really light, rather than caked on and the colour is just beautiful. My lips felt really smooth wearing it and I just adore the shade - I can see it being my go to Spring lippy.

This range of lipsticks has long been a popular one and now I'm starting to see why. Each lipstick retails at £22 so while they aren't the most affordable out there, they certainly make for a nice treat every once in a while. 


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Glamour x Balance Me: The Beauty Bargain I'm Rating

You can’t beat a magazine freebie and Glamour magazine certainly deliver. In April’s offering, there are four Balance Me products to collect. 

Founded in 2005 by three sisters, Balance Me is an award-winning natural skin care range. As I get older, I am slightly more conscious about what I'm putting on my skin, so it's reassuring to know that the ingredients in these products are slightly kinder to it.

There's a Lip Balm, Hand and Body Wash, Tinted Wonder Eye Cream and Radiance Face Mask - and I went with the latter and was really pleased with it!

I popped it on last Friday night and my face felt brighter, refreshed and much better nourished after an exhausting week. It's perfect if you're a busy person too, as it only takes five minutes to work its magic. No excuses for not having glorious skin!

If you haven’t picked up this months’s yet – you know what to do! Each product would normally cost between £8-12 so you're bagging yourself a real bargain. 

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Soap & Glory's Hand Dream Review: A real dream for your hands?

If there is one thing I really can’t stand, it’s getting dry hands and in winter that’s pretty much a given for me. As soon as the weather starts to get a bit colder, it’s like a cue for me to start sampling new hand creams which just might protect and perfect that little bit more than their predecessors. 

I have always been a big fan of Soap and Glory’s Hand Food and while it is a fantastic light product to use in the summer months, it really just doesn’t cut it for me once it gets chilly. So, when I discovered there was a tougher sister product in the shape of Hand Dream, I snapped it up and after extensive testing am ready to deliver my verdict. 

If you were to look at the two on the shelf, you really wouldn’t notice much of a difference. Both come in the standard Soap and Glory pink tubes and it is only upon closer inspection that you notice that one is a ‘Super Cream’ specifically to banish any dryness. 

‘Hand Dream’ is in fact not a 2-in-1 or even a 3-in-1, but a 5-in-1 fast absorbing dry skin relief cream. Containing AHAs, grapeseed, macadamia and shea butter, it has been formulated to stimulate cell renewal and soften skin – as well as targeting age spots and working to even out skin tone.

I was pleased to find that like Hand Food, Hand Dream had the same incredible scent. It's the same kind of consistency and is absorbed quickly into skin, meaning you are not left with a tonne of excess product to slather on any available bare skin. 

So is it any good? I bought this before Christmas and am just coming to the end of the tube, so I've given it more than a fair trial. While it is moisturising, it leaves my hands smelling great when it comes to dry skin relieving abilities are limited.

The cream worked more as a quick moisture shot, leaving my hands feeling softer after use but with limited long term effects. I found myself having to apply it round the clock and even then, I wasn't hugely impressed with how well it clearer my sore dry knuckles (and obviously, the rest of my hands too).

While I did like it, Hand Dream is not a product I'll be reaching for when my hands have fallen foul to the Baltic conditions. It was slightly more intense than Hand Food, but all in all, I didn't notice as much of a difference as I was expecting.

Hand Dream retails for £7 in Boots and on the Soap and Glory website. I probably would use this again when the weather is a little warmer and I'm not looking for such a targeted product.

Do you have any recommendations for winter hand care products? Drop me a comment below. 


Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Soap and Glory Archery 2in1 Pencil & Brush Review - and why it's betterthan Brow Wiz!

The beauty of a good brow was something I discovered quite late. However, once I had, I quickly set about trying a tonne of different products to find the best ones to fill, shape, define etc. Naturally, I wanted to share one of my absolute favourites, the Soap and Glory Archery pencil, with you in this blog post. 

I first came across it while watching a makeup tutorial from one of my favourite bloggers Em Ford and I was so impressed that I had to give it a try for myself. It’s a 2 in 1 brow filling pencil and brush available in two different colours – ‘Hot Chocolate’ (my chosen shade) and ‘Blondeshell.’

The pencil a brush on one end, which allows you to first comb through your brows and ensure they are neat. You can then use the pencil end to shade in your brows. The nib here is super thin, so you have maximum control when lining your brows. I have very pale brows generally so I also tend to use the brush to just blend out the line I have created, so that they look a bit more natural. 

I've been using this product for over a year now, as I've been so impressed with it that I just keep re-purchasing! You may notice that Anastasia Beverley Hills have a similar product called 'Brow Wiz'. While I haven't tried it personally, I've read a number of comparative reviews that say they are really very similar. As a result, with the Archery pencil retailing at around £7 less than Brow Wiz, I can certainly say I'll be sticking with that rather than splurging on it's slightly higher end counterpart.

You can find the Archery pencil in your local Boots (or online for £8.00 and it's definitely worth the money. I've tried brow mascaras and other pencils before, but I've never had so many compliments as I have since I've been using this wonder product. 

So what are you waiting for? 

If you've already tried the Archery pencil, leave me a comment below about what your first impressions were.