Monday, 31 October 2011

The RapidLash Challenge Day 56 - The Results

8 weeks ago I started using RapidLash in a bid to try and get my thin, short, sparse eyelashes look better, and here are the results so far. I was hoping to end up with lashes that would look okay without mascara, because at the moment I always wear mascara as my eyes have no definition without them. I wasn't expecting to have lashes that look like I'm wearing loads of mascara, just long and thick enough not to scare young children or be asked if I feel okay because I look ill if I don't wear any.

The result? I can certainly see that my lashes are longer, this is especially apparent when I'm wearing mascara. However, when not wearing mascara, my eyes still lack the definition that I was hoping for. Yes, my lashes are a bit longer, but they are still thin and sparse and not that visible naked. I still wouldn't leave the house without wearing mascara, and to be honest, I don't think I ever will.

So yes, there is some improvement, but in my opinion it is not £41 worth of improvement. My lower lashline is stilll barely there, despite using RapidLash on the lower lashes too. I will continue using the product because I would be mad to throw it out at that price, and will report back in another 4 weeks or so. But for now I would say it's not worth the money, at least not for me.

Keep reading to see lots of comparison pictures after the jump!

Happy Halloween!

If you celebrate it, of course. I didn't grow up with this kind of Halloween celebrations, but my children are very keen to put on their witch/spider costumes and go trick or treating tonight. We've also carved out a few happy pumpkin faces. Here's our family of pumpkins:

Enjoy your day whether you celebrate Halloween or not!

Friday, 28 October 2011

Laura Geller Blush n Brighten in Pink Buttercream Swatches and Review

I have another Laura Geller blush to show you today, this one is called Pink Buttercream and it was part of the Bake Sale Baked Colour Collection. I don't know if the set was/is available in the UK, I bought mine from eBay and only got the blush. So I also don't know how much the set cost or even the blush, although I don't think it's available separately anyway.

The blush is a gorgeous slightly frosty cool pink shade, but it also has some copper veining to warm it up a bit. It reminded me of the Sateen Subtle Orchid blush, although that doesn't have the copper veining. According to Laura Geller's blog: "Blush-n-Brighten Baked Cheek Color in Pink Buttercream is the perfect petal hue swirled with copper and gold flecks (and it’s perfect for every Geller Girl). It leaves cheeks rosy and glowing." While it's quite frosty, it's not glittery at all, so no worries about glitter on your face.

This particular blush comes in a shiny brown compact with the usual half mirror in the lid. You get 9 g for your money as usual. I think this is a really nice addition to the Laura Geller blush line and my collection.

I've included a picture of me wearing the blush as well as hand swatches, be sure to check them out after the jump!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Guerlain Holiday Rouge Automatiques 169 and 170 - Review and Swatches

The last two products from the Guerlain holiday collection left to review are the new Rouge Automatique lipsticks. The two shades are 169 Flirt D'Un Jour and 170 Nuit D'Amour. They couldn't be more different, with 169 being a barely there pinky nude and 170 a very vampy blackened purple shade. Although 170 is nowhere near as dark when applied as it looks in the tube. It's more of a sheer wine colour in the swatches, of course it is buildable and can be quite dark if you need it to, or just a purple stain if you are scared of dark lipsticks.

I like them both, but I think 170 is my favourite.I'm not really a nude lipstick kinda gal. But I do really like the pink and blue sparkles in 169, and it is a nice glossy lipstick. 169 doesn't last as long as 170, probably 2-3 hours, whereas 170 lasted more like 3-4 and it faded into a nice stain on my lips. Neither of them are as creamy as most of the Rouge Automatique lipsticks I own, the formula seems a little less creamy and the colours are less opaque, but with 170 I think that's not necessarily a bad thing.

These lipsticks are priced at £24.50 and they're 3.5 g each.I bought mine from Debenhams, but they're also available from other department stores.

I have managed to do lip swatches for 170, but unfortunately I don't have any for 169. However you can see some arm swatches as well as lots of other pictures after the jump!

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Guerlain Ecrin 4 Colour Eyeshadows in 10 Les Ombres de Nuit - Review and Swatches

The Guerlain holiday collection also includes a limited edition 4 colour eyeshadow palette, Les Ombres de Nuit. It comes in the same style as the fall eyeshadow quads, housed in a gold colour case inside a black pouch and black box. This product doesn't have the teal-black zebra pattern on the inside of the box or the teal satin lining to the pouch, but it does have teal inside. The shades are pearly grey-white, pearly teal, pearly medium blue and matte black. 

The pigmentation is excellent, the eyeshadows are buttery soft and have great colour pay off, even the matte black shade which can often end up chalky - but not in this quad. The grey-white shade works well as a highlighter, although it is a bit frosty, but it would look nice in the inned corner of the eye. I love the teal shade, it is absolutely gorgeous and the blue is stunning too. I created a really nice smoky teal-blue look with this quad and the eyeshadows stayed on all day with no creasing or fading. (No photos though sorry, it was a busy day.)

The quad is priced at £37 and you get 7.2 g of eyeshadow which is quite a decent size actually (makes it cheaper gram for gram than Mac single eyeshadows for example). You also get a decent sized mirror inside the compact which is always a plus and a double ended foam applicator which is not going to get any use from me, but maybe some people would find it useful.

Have you bought this eyeshadow palette yet? Are you planning on indulging? Let me kow in the comments!

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Guerlain Vol de Nuit Perfumed Shimmer Powder

I love Guerlain's shimmer powders and I always get compliments when I wear them. They are very glam, yet quite subtle and very elegant. I usually spray it on my hair, decolletage and arms (not my face as that would be too shimmery even for my liking) and I just love the very fine shimmer. They don't come cheap at neary 50 quid, but they do last a long time (unless you use them every day which would be rather over the top) and they are pure luxury.

This year's offering is Vol de Nuit, a beautiful gond shimmer powder in a gorgeous teal bottle. Guerlain says this is their first scented shimmer powder, but I'm pretty sure the other ones are scented too, so not sure what that's all about. Still, it smells lovely and the shimmer looks divine. The bottle is modelled on their vintage Vol de Nuit frangrance bottle and has a puff that you squeeze to spray some powder. It looks great on the dressing table just like a bottle of expensive perfume.

I have to say though I was very surprised by how tiny the bottle was, it fits in the palm of my hand! Product wise you actually get a tiny bit more than last year at 17.5 g, so I guess it's just how the bottle is. Instead of having lots of glass around the bit that contains the powder, the whole bottle is just much smaller. I was also surprised to see how small it was because the box is massive as usual. Oh and the inside of the box has the same teal-black zebra pattern as the highlighting powder and the Meteorites.

The retail price is £49.50, so pretty steep, but this is a real luxurious treat, so if you like your shimmer-glimmer on a night out, you will love it.

See lots more photos after the jump!

Monday, 24 October 2011

Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Nuit

Continuing with reviewing the Guerlain holiday collection, I have the gorgeous Meteorites powder to show you today. This year's limited edition Meteorites come in a teal container, but are the same design as last year's holiday meteorites and also the new permanent shades. The teal colour runs through the whole collection and the outside black box has the same teal-black zebra pattern on the inside as the Parure de Nuit highlighter powder.

Inside we have the powder balls in different sizes and colours: pink, white, gold, orange and silver to correct, illuminate and even out skintone and give radiance. At first I was slightly disappointed with these pearls because I had read that these limited edition Meteorites were going to contain green/blue pearls, but it appears they had been replaced by the orange ones for whatever reason. I still love them and they're still very pretty, although they don't seem that special. Anyway, that's just me.

The Meteorites cost £36 and for that money you actually get 30 g of product which is pretty good. These powders last for absolutely ages. Plus they are so pretty and smell so gorgeous.

I haven't provided a swatch photo as Meteorites don't really show up in photos, but you can see me wear them in the full face picture in this post (make sure you scroll right down to the bottom). The silver pearls seem to be slightly glittery and you can see some glitter on my face, although that was a lot less noticable in person.

I'll leave you with lots of product photos after the jump!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick 26 Gardner Swatches And Review

As promied here's my review of the new limited editon (although I'm not entire sure if it is, please correct me if it's not) Guerlain Rouge G lipstick in 26 Gardner from the Guerlain holiday 2011 collection. I have to admit, at first I wasn't too interested in this lipstick (well, at first I didn't even know this was part of the holiday collection actually). I prefer my blue based reds and this is more of a brown-red/brick red shade, but it has really suprised me because it actually looks really nice on me.

It has the usual great Rouge G formula, it's really creamy, pigmented and long-lasting, and of course comes in the wonderful Rouge G case. I have reviewed many of these lipsticks, so I won't bang on about this, just show you some swatches and let you make up your mind. In the swatches below I only swiped it once on my arm, so you can see how pigmented it is. Although it didn't last through lunch, but without eating and drinking it lasted for a good 4 hours on me.

I do need to mention the price though as sadly it is very high at £28.50 (ouch!), but you really do get a very luxurious product for your money. Also with a long-lasting lipstick like this, you don't need to touch up too often, so shouldn't be afraid of using up your lipstick too quickly. But still, £28.50 is a lot of money for one lipstick, so that's definitely a negative. But it is the only one I can think of, and I still love Rouge G lipsticks very much.

See more photos including swatches after the jump!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

We have a winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered my 200,000 follower giveaway! I am pleased to announce that the winner of the giveaway is:


Well done to Claire and once again thank you all for being my followers. There will be other giveaways in the near future, so don't dispare if you haven't won.

My Guerlain Holiday 2011 Collection Haul

As you know by now, I love Guerlain. So I'm pretty sure it comes as no surprise that I single handedly managed to purchase the entire holiday collection as you can see below.  

Check out all the product reviews by clicking on the links below!
Parure de Nuit Highlighter
Guerlain Rouge G lipstick in Gardner
Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Nuit
Guerlain Vol de Nuit Perfumed Shimmer Powder
Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit Eyeshadows
Guerlain Holiday Rouge Automatique lipsticks

Feel free to let me know in the comments if you've purchased anything from this collection yet and how you're liking it.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Guest Post: Vitamins That Are Good For Your Nails, Hair And Skin

I hate taking vitamins because they upset my stomach. Before I tell you anything else I just want you to know that because there are so many people out there who are just like me for one reason or another. But the truth of the matter is that our bodies need vitamins in order to look and feel their best and we don’t get enough of them from the foods that we eat. So regardless of whether or not I like taking them I do just so that I can reap the benefits. Here are some reasons that you should bite the bullet and take them if you want healthy nails, skin and hair.
Vitamin A

Vitamin A helps with many of the skin problems that women have and can be found in vitamins and in topical creams under the name of Retinoid.
  • It works an anti-aging agent by preventing unsightly brown spots and wrinkles.
  • If your skin gets hurt or cut it helps to repair it by amping up your skin cell growth. 

Vitamin B Complex

Taking vitamin B complex is like taking a dose of every form of vitamin B (and there are many), biotin and some folic acid all at once. And so you get all of the benefits quickly and easily.

  • Helps to prevent skin cancer.
  • If fights the free radicals that our bodies face every day and helps prevent wrinkles.
  • Gives the skin a healthy glow.
  • Promotes cell reproduction.
  • Helps the body to fight infections so when you get a nail fungus this a dose of B complex will do you a world of good.
  • Makes your hair and nails stronger so that they won’t break as easily.
  • Helps to prevent hair loss.

Vitamin C

When we think of vitamin C we usually think of fighting colds, but there’s more to it.
  • Great for repairing sun damaged skin.
  • Improves the tone and texture of your skin.
  • Makes the skin firmer so that you get wrinkles and sagging at an older age.
  • Packed with antioxidants that build collagen which is good for your skin, hair and nails.
  • A great protector against free radicals that cause premature aging and hair loss.

Vitamin D

We don’t get enough of vitamin D from the sun or from our diets so taking the vitamins is highly recommended.
  • Helps the body absorb calcium which is needed to maintain healthy hair and nail growth.
Although there is one reason to take it that is related to beauty there are many other reasons that are highly important so don’t discard it.

Vitamin E

We see vitamin E promoted on many different kinds of cosmetics ranging from moisturizers to body washes and for good reason too.

  • Prevents skin cancer.
  • Helps to repair even the driest and most problematic skin disorders.
  • Makes the skin smooth.
  • Helps to soothe sun damaged skin.
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Contains antioxidants that help it fight free radicals.
  • Promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss.
  • It makes hair softer.
  • It helps you grow stronger, longer nails.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K may be the least popular of the group but it’s by no means less important.
  • It helps to reduce the appearance of bruises on the skin.
  • It helps to reduce dark under eye circles.
  • Fight free radicals.

So regardless of whether or not I like taking them I do just so that I can reap the benefits. You should too.

This post was written by Aleya who writes the beauty blog for Hair Design Institute which is a Florida beauty college and Long Island Beauty School which has a series of beauty schools in New York.

If you would like to write a guest post for my blog, feel free to contact me at!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Buy Benefit Moon Beam for just £11 plus £1.50 p&p from BuyaPowa!

Have you always fancied trying out Benefit's Moon Beam highlighter but didn't feel like forking out £18.50? Now you can get one for just £11 plus £1.50 postage and packaging from BuyaPowa. They have 50 Benefit Moon Beams and the more people join in, the less it will cost, and it can go as low as £11. It is currently at £13 with 22 buyers, but no matter where you join in, everyone pays the lowest price. (Just a quick clarification, if you choose to buy, you will have to authorise the trasaction at the amount it's currently on, but you will only be charged for the lowest price, so don't worry about it. Also delivery is pretty quick and I have not had any problems buying from BuyaPowa.)

So come and join me, let's bring the price down and get ourselves some much needed glow! You don't have to, but if you decide to join the co-buy, I would appreciate it if you could click on me (Anita James) as the person who referred you. Let me know in the comments if you decide to buy!

Click HERE to buy your Benefit Moon Beam!

*I'm not in any way affiliated with BuyaPowa, just like to spend my money on make up and find great bargains on the way! :)

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Urban Decay Stardust Sparkling Lipgloss in Glitter Rock - Review and Swatches

Urban Decay has a new type of lipgloss out called Stardust and they're glittery, just like the eyeshadows of the same name. The glosses come in 3 shades, and today I have Glitter Rock to show you. It is basically a nice medium blue-pink colour with lots of sparkles. To me this is the prettiest of the 3, I have swatched the other two and this was also the one that gave the most colour.

Although glittery, this gloss is not at all gritty as the glitter is actually very fine, so the gloss is nice and smooth. It is non-sticky and has a minty scent which is so much better than the yucky burnt sugar smell the Pocket Rocket glosses had. I actually threw mine out because I just couldn't stand the smell (plus it wasn't that special, but anyway). It comes with a brush applicator which I really like, it distributes a good amount of gloss on your lips. The colour is quite sheer, but definitely noticable. Not the longest lasting ever, but lasts for a good couple of hours or so, and it's so pretty. The gloss retails for £14 and for that you get 5.5 ml.

All in all, if you like glittery lipglosses, then I would definitely recommend this one. I don't actually know if they are limited edition or not, sorry. Available from House of Fraser and

See more pictures after the jump including arm and lip swatches!

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

200,000 Pageviews and Laura Geller Giveaway! *CLOSED*

***The Giveaway Is Now Closed!***

Firstly, I am really amazed to see that my little blog has been visited 200,000 times over the last 2 and a bit years. More amazingly the last 100,000 pageviews happened in the last 6 months. Wow! So to celebrate and say thank you to all my lovely readers and followers, I have a little something to give away to one lucky winner. The prize is one beautiful Laura Geller Blush n Brighten in Como. It's full size (9 g) and comes in a special edition gold colour compact (see below).

To win this beautiful blush all you have to do is be a follower of my blog (new followers are very welcome) and post a comment below with your e-mail address. For up to 2 extra entries you can also tweet about the giveaway (make sure you include me @Anitacska in your tweet) or post a link to the giveaway on your blog (make sure you let me know the link as I will be checking). You can do both or either for one extra entry each. Remember, you MUST be a follower or none of your entries will count! You must also leave a comment below with your e-mail address to enter. Competition is open worldwide! Competition closes at midnight (UK time) on Friday 21st October 2011. Good luck!

The Great 30 Day Lipstick Challenge - Week 4 and Conclusion

The Great 30 Day Lipstick Challenge has now come to an end. 30 days and 30 lipsticks later I'm very happy I decided to do this challenge. I managed to use lipsticks I'd not actually used at all, also rediscovered some old favourites and found that some I wasn't too keen on at first I actually quite like after all. I also ended up throwing out one very funny smelling one (it wasn't even that old, I don't know what happened there), and put 3 up for sale - by the way, check out my Blog Sale if you haven't yet done so! I think I will definitely do this again, but right now I need to give some love to my other lipsticks. So many lipstick, so little time!

This post includes the last 9 lipsticks and once again I managed to choose a good variety of brands and colours. The lipsticks I used this week are:

1. MyFace Gigabite lipstick in 155 Strawberry Fields
2. Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in 457 Wild Orchid
3. Mac lipstick in Costa Chic
4. Collection 2000 Volume Sensation lipstick in 4 Plum Perfection
5. No 7 Moisture Drench lipstick in 30 Plum Beautiful
6. No 7 Mirrorball lipstick
7. Urban Decay lipstick in Naked
8. Lancome L'Absolu Rouge in Voile de Rose
9. Mac lipstick in Playtime

Find out what I thought about these lipsticks and see more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Monday, 17 October 2011

My London Make Up Haul Video

I went to London yesterday and decided to make a quick video about my findings. Enjoy!

Friday, 14 October 2011

Boots 17 Gift With Purchase Femme Noir Set - Swatches!

Boots are currently offering a free Femme Noir set if you buy just 2 17 makeup. With lots of new products (reviews coming up soon!) and some great permanent products (I love myself some 17 eyeshadows and the lipglosses and mascaras are pretty nice too) it's easy to pick 2.

The set contains Ultimate Volume Lipgloss in Very Berry, Liquid Eyeliner in black and Glitter Eyeshadow in Night Sky. I thought I'd swatch them for you so you can see what you're getting. Although these are all permanent products, so you can usually find testers for them in store.

Very Berry is a nice vampy berry pink slightly shimmery gloss. It's non-sticky and lasts quite well. I haven't actually worn the liquid eyeliner yet, but it does look very nice in the swatch, similar to Urban Decay's new Perversion liquid eyeliner. I also haven't worn the eyeshadow yet, but I really like 17 shadows, they are very good quality and don't crease at all. Night Sky is a nice glittery grey colour.

The value of the set is around £12, so it's a very good deal. I don't know how long the offer lasts, so if you like the look of this, hurry to your nearest Boots!

See more pictures and swatches after the jump!

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Chantecaille The New Classic Palette Review and Swatches

Even though I'm a huge fan of Chantecaille's palettes, I wasn't going to buy this palette because it's very expensive (as all things Chantecaille are) and also it didn't seem that exciting to me. Palettes with fish, sea turtles, butterflies, tigers are always appealling to me, but this particular palette doesn't feature any animals for a change. I ended up buying it on eBay for just over half price (it retails for £75) as I can't say no to a bargain.

The shades included in this palette are Valerian, Thistle and Lavender, and the blush is called Rose. Valerian is a really nice highlighter shade with subtle shimmer. Thistle is a lovely taupy grey. I had a bit of trouble with Lavender as it was the chalkiest of the shadows, but I imagine it would look very nice asa liner. I found it a bit hard to blend into the crease. The blush is really pretty, it looks very natural with very subtle shimmer.

The palette is a very shiny grey square palette with a C and Chantecaille written on it. It is a fingerprint magnet, if that bothers you, you might not like this packaging. I personally don't mind it. The palette is refillable, which is a bonus. You also get a full sized mirror inside the lid. All in all this is a nice palette and you do get 12 g which is a lot of product, but to be perfectly honest, I wouldn't pay £75 for it. But then you pay for the brand name, and Chantecaille is a luxury brand after all.

See lots more pictures and swatches after the jump!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Lightscapade, Lightscapade, What Has Happened To You?

When I first heard about Lightscapade MSF being repromoted, I was very excited, because as you know, I love my MSFs and my highlighters and Lightscapade is one of my prettiest MSFs. It was first released in 2006 with the Danse collection and I was lucky enough to buy it a couple of years ago for not too crazy money. My old Lightscapade is a mix of pink, blue, yellow, orange and cream, the colours are quite vivid, but still give a very subtle colour making it one of the prettiest highlighters I own. So I was very excited to purchase some back ups when Mac's Fall Collection came out last week.

Unfortunately, it seems that this time around Mac didn't manage to produce the same powder. I ordered 2 from Debenhams online and then went to my local counter to see if I can pick out one with more colourful veining, but as you can see from the picture above, I didn't really succeed. The powder on the top is the one I hand picked and possibly has the most colour, but still is mainly beige and the veining is very pale. I literally looked through several Lightscapades at the counter and they all looked like the ones above. Quite disappointed really.

You can see in the picture below how much more colourful my old Lightscapade is (the one in the top right corner in case you haven't guessed). Fortunately I still have plenty of left of my old Lightscapade and despite the new ones looking quite disappointing, they swatch quite similarly, so the overall highlighting effect isn't that different. I've included a swatch picture at the bottom of the post, so make sure you scroll down all the way.

All in all, I am pretty disappointed not to have been able to buy another pretty colourful Lightscapade, but at least I have managed to pick up some which was already quite a big achievement considering how quickly it had sold out online. All in all, it's still a lovely highlighter and I hope everyone who wanted it managed to pick up one (or two).

See lots more pictures including a swatch picture after the jump!

Monday, 10 October 2011

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Holiday Highlighter and Blush

I've been really excited about the Guerlain Holiday collection and have a feeling that I will probably end up picking everything up. The first product I have is the Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder and Blush. This gorgeous peacock feather patterned powder is a blush and highlighter in one, it appears that if you use the brush in a diagonal direction over the 3 red blobs, you get more of a blush than if you go the other way. I am told however that it is still a subtle blush and will probably not show up much on darker skin tones other than as a subtle highlighter.

I have to apologise though because I have not swatches this one myself yet. You know what I'm like with pretty powders... I will get around to it eventually, or not, we'll see. There are a few swatches around, so I'm sure you'll be able to find some. But for now, let's just stare at this beauty, shall we?

The powder comes in a shiny black compact (same as the spring blush - reviewed here) and you get 10 g, so it's a pretty generous size. It has the same gorgeous parma violet scent as the Meteorites which I really love. I don't know it's retail price (I got mine from eBay), but I'm guessing around £43-£45. I'll update this later once I have the price. You get a lovely teal coloured brush in the compartment below the powder which matches the inside of the velvet pouch the compact comes in as well as the inside of the box. Very cool. It seems the whole collection has a teal theme, have you seen the gorgeous container the Meteorites come in? Can't wait to get my hands on those too!

I'll leave you with some more pictures. If you have tried this powder, feel free to let me know in the comments!

Blog Sale Now Live!

I have a small blogsale with some great items from Mac, Revlon, No 7, Ruby & Millie, Maybelline, Clinique, etc., so please feel free to check it out. Just click on the Blog Sale tab above or on this link to take you to my Blog Sale. Hope you find some great bargains!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

NOTD: Andrea Fulerton and Claire's - Now We're Talking!

You might remember my disappointing experience with Claire's glitter top coat over the lovely Andrea Fulerton pink nail polish (from the Princess duo) - if not, check out this post. I also purchased a holographic glitter top coat with blue and light pink large glitter that I tried out over my lovely Andrea Fulerton nail polish. This time I was pretty happy. Firstly, there was a lot more glitter on my nails after just one coat. Secondly, it didn't chip off nearly as quickly as the other one did. I did however apply it about 24 hours after applying the Andrea Fulerton nail polish plus Nails Inc top coat, so maybe that made the difference.

However, the amount of glitter in this is so much better than the other one I tried. I reckon if you were to use it on its own, 3 coats would give a pretty good coverage. Maybe I should give it a go! Let me know if you have this nail polish and whether you've tried it on it own! This one cost around £2.25 and is avialble from Claire's by the way.

See more pictures after the jump!

Friday, 7 October 2011

The Great 30 Day Lipstick Challenge - Week 3

Now that I'm into the second half of my 30 day lipstick challenge, I am having more of a difficulty picking out the lipsticks I want to wear. Even though there are approx. 60 lipsticks in the box with a variety of different shades and finishes, I feel that I find it hard choosing. Also I want to make sure I choose from different brands, so it's not too boring for you either. This week I actually used lipsticks from 6 brands and managed to choose a variety of shades too, so not too bad. We'll see how the last 9 days go, although this has been good fun, my Guerlain and Chanel lipsticks are calling my name. It's funny though as I suspect many of you out there don't even have 60 lipsticks, but obviously I get bored quickly and need to have a lot of them to keep me happy.

Anyway these are the lipsticks I wore this week:
1. Lancome L'Absolu Rouge in shade 350
2. No7 Moisture Drench lipstick in 50 Cameo
3. L'Occitane Pivoine Flora lipstick in 02 Rose Pique
4. Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in 440 Cherries In The Snow
5. Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick in 148 Summer Pink
6. Mac Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Full Speed
7. Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in 415 Pink In The Afternoon

Find out what I thought about these lipsticks and see swatches (including lip swatches) after the jump!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

The RapidLash Challenge Day 29

It's been 4 weeks since I started using Rapidlash, a lash enhancing serum, and I have some pictures to show you. Unfortunately there has been almost no visible improvements to my lashes (I can see some longer lashes, but that's all), although it did say on the instructions that you're supposed to see improvements after about 8 weeks (and that leaves me with the question, why is Rapidlash called Rapidlash, since there is nothing rapid about it, but anyway). So far I am still sceptical, but haven't given up hope that one day I will have nice, long, lush eyelashes.

I'm not posting comparison pictures this time as I said there's no point, but if you want to see what my lashes looked like originally, check out this post. I will however do a proper comparison post in another 4 weeks time. For now, see how my lashes are looking after 4 weeks of using Rapidlash after the jump!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Laura Geller Baked Marble Eyeshadow/Eye Rimz in Cinnamon Swirl/Mint Chocolate Chip + FOTD

Bit of a mouthful, huh? Anyway, this is my newest Laura Geller baked eyeshadow, it cam out in the same (Vanilla Nudes) collection as the Baked Dreams Cheek Highlighter and Blush I told you about the other day.

What you have hereis basically a baked eyeshadow duo. On the left you get a mixture of autumnal shades: orange, brown and khaki swirled together. On the right you have a very shimmery blackened green eyeshadow that can also be used as a highlighter. I have found that it is best used wet because otherwise it's a bit chalky and the shimmers get lost when applied to the eyelids dry. I used it wet as an eyeliner and it is gorgeous. The left side of the eyeshadow is slightly larger and has good chunks of separate colours, so I managed to pick out the orange and khaki (but there's a nice big brown patch too) to create the look you can see at the bottom of the post. The left side is perfectly good applied dry, in fact I never even tried it wet.

I used my Barbara Daly eyeshadow primer under this and the shadows didn't crease at all and still looked the same 10+ hours later. There was minimal fallout during application, but nothing afterwards. The compact is 1.8 g, so pretty much standard baked eyeshadow size. As it was part of a set, I haven't got a price for this, I don't think it's available to puchase on its own anyway.

Make sure you go all the way down to the bottom of this post as I have a look I've created with this eyeshadow duo which I think turned out really well actually. There are also swatches after the jump.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Finished! The September edition

Not too many things this month I'm afraid as I finished an awful lot of products last month and there are quite a few products that I've been using every day and they refuse to die. Hopefully there'll be a lot more next month.

First up is actually a product that I was planning on including in last month's Finished! post, but it simply refused to run out. I used it pretty much every day and it still lasted another month. Actually it still had some life left in it, but since I'd actually had it for about 2 years already, I decided it had to go. It's Givenchy Phenomen'eyes mascara, one of my HG mascaras, I love it, it really works for me. I have reviewed it already, so read this post if you want to know more about it.

See which other products I've finished this month!

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Laura Geller Baked Cheek Dreams Highlighter and Blush in Banana Split

Firstly, I'm sorry I haven't been posting for a few days and that my blog sale is still not up, but I've been very busy with the children and school, plus I haven't been feeling well for the last couple of days. Also it's been so hot in the South of England, we've been playing in the garden and even got the paddling pool out. Very unusual for October, to say the least. I have managed to take quite a lot of photos, but writing up posts has been too tiring and time consuming, so I haven't done any. Sorry. I will try my best to post more next week.

What I have got today is another baked product from Laura Geller. This is from the Vanilla Nudes collection, a 3-in-1 blush/bronzer/highlighter. I already have this in 2 other shades, Neapolitan and Vanilla Peach Cobbler. I like the bronzer/blush shade which is a nice shimmery bronze, and the colour of the blush in the middle is also really pretty pinky purple, but unfortunately the middle strip is so thin, it is almost impossible to pick it out alone. When I used it on my cheeks, I ended up mixing the bronze and pink/purple together. The highlighter is very subtle and not at all shimmery, and it's a good portion of the whole compact, so easy to pick up on its own. The compact is 9 g as usual.

I think this is another nice product from Laura Geller, but if you don't like shimmery blushes, then it's not for you. It is disappointing that the middle strip is so thin as it's a really pretty colour, but maybe you can use a very small brush to pick it up. You can see me wearing the blush and bronzer in this FOTD picture and there are lots of swatches after the jump!

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