Sunday, 20 January 2013
Saturday, 19 January 2013
Friday, 18 January 2013
I know quite a few people steer clear of nude lipsticks because they fear the dreaded concealer lip effect, but for me reds and nude's suit my skin tone. When I was a teenager, I will admit for a good six months I did use a foundation to conceal my lips - yes, I'm aware not a good look, plus re-application must of looked ridiculous. However I've always disliked my pigmented pink lips and much prefer to tone them down for a softer, girly overall effect with my make up. I discovered the Natural Collection 'Apple Blossom' lipstick after I saw a review on Youtube and have re-purchased ever since. At £1.99 it's an absolute bargain, especially as it's supposed to be a dupe for Mac's 'Fleshpot'.
I tend to find matte finishes with nude lipsticks can be slightly unflattering, especially on dry lips! So I love that this lipstick has a Satin finish, it's incredibly pigmented and creamy - although this can be a downfall as I have had a few snap off, but for under £2 you can easily afford to pick up a brand new one if this happens. Unlike Mac lipsticks, the Natural Collection line doesn't have a scent to them and understandably for the price the packaging is minimalist and simple. I find this lipstick has quite a strong pink undertone which I much prefer over peach or orange hue's like Revlon's 'Nude Attitude'.
For extra longevity I tend to pair this lipstick with Mac's 'Naked' lip liner which helps the lipstick adhere and really stay in place. I wouldn't suggest to use this alone as it's a matte finish and very drying on the lips.
What's your favourite nude lipstick?
Thursday, 17 January 2013
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
The Burt's Bees Banana and Beeswax hand cream is a thick, rich, all natural hand cream that nourishes chapped or dry skin. Made with Aloe Vera, Beeswax and Sweet Almond Oil skin is intensely moisturised and protected from the elements.
Packaged in an adorable, screw top jar this isn't a product to be chucked in your handbag but to adorn your bedside table for late night application. By far thicker than most other hand creams I've previously tried, this needs to be scooped out of its jar and then massaged well in to the skin but remember, a small amount goes a long way.
I do tend to find that instantly after application my hands feel quite greasy and tacky as it almost turns in to an oil but a good ten - twenty minutes to sink in is all that's needed. You could even add a pair of overnight cotton gloves in to the mix for ultra soft hands.
The scent, although noticeable isn't over powering and does fade relatively quickly - I personally love the banana fragrance. At £9.99 for a considerably small jar, you might find this expensive but it lasts and offers an intensive treatment for hands making this ideal for Winter months!
Sunday, 13 January 2013
Monday, 7 January 2013