Saturday, 30 June 2012

My Guerlain Meteorites Collection - Updated Pictures June 2012

It's been a while since I last took some pictures of my Guerlain Meteorites collection, I thought it would be about time to do so. I now own 24 Meteorites which is almost every one ever released, I'm still missing 2 or 3 old ones (pre-2000), and I have a feeling I may not come by those as it's been too long. But let's not dwell on the past, let's look at what I actually own. 24 boxes of gorgeousness, that is. Enjoy!

My Meteorites collection (closed)

See lots more pictures of my Meteorites collection after the jump!

Friday, 29 June 2012

NOTD: Orly Synchro Nail Polish

I love duochrome nail polish and was really excited about Synchro nail polish from Orly's Electronica collection. It's a very unique shade, looks amazing in the bottle and the duochromeness also transfers onto the nails. It looks pink with blue flashes (the blue especially shows up well with flash), but also it has orangey-red tones to it at certain angles. A little hard to capture it properly, but you get the idea.

Taken with flash

The formula was a little runny and it needed 3 coats to achieve the colour you see. It wasn't very easy to apply and as you can see the brushstrokes are very visible on my nails. It also didn't dry very quickly, and it started chipping within the first 24 hours and by 48 hours I had some big chips. I always have to add that practically everything chips on me within 48 hours (I think one or two brands have lasted maybe 60 hours without chipping, but that's the exception). It's a very unique colour though, so if you don't mind a few flaws, you might like this.

You get a whopping 18 ml for £7.50 (BeautyBay) or for quite a bit less on eBay from the US. Not sure if anyone needs that much, but there's also a set of 4 mini polishes available from BeautyBay for £12.95 if you prefer.

See more pictures after the jump!

Thursday, 28 June 2012

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows Review and Swatches Part 6 - The Hungarian Edition

I know, there seems to be a neverending supply of these reviews, but I just can't get enough of these amazing eyeshadows. Nowadays I really don't buy a lot of eyeshadows from high street brands, but if I find something real good I'll keep going back for more.

In this post I have Forever Pink and Smoothie Kiwi to show you. I bought these during my trip to Hungary earlier this month as these shades aren't available in the UK for some reason. Forever Pink is a lovely shimmery light rosy pink colour, Smoothie Kiwi is the only matte shade I own, it is a light little bit yellowy grass green. Forever Pink is very similar to the other shades I own, smooth, pigmented, easy to blend. Smoothie Kiwi is actually quite hard to work with, it's quite sheer and needs a few layers to show up as intense as it looks in the pot. It also fades rather quickly. It's a lovely shade, but I would love it more if it was shimmery (not a big fan of mattes) and as easy to use as Forever Pink.

As I said, I bought these in Hungary and I really can't remember how much they costs, but they were similarly priced to UK prices (currently £6.99, although I'm sure there's some sort of an offer going somewhere).

If you would like to check out my reviews on all the other shades I own, here are the links:

Part 1 (Purple Obsession, Flashback Silver, Goldmine, Bronze Divine)
Part 2 (Permanent Kaki, Sahara Treasure)
Part 3 (Infinite Sky, Amber Rush)
Part 4 (Naughty Strawberry, Innocent Turqouise, Sassy Marshmallow, Magnetic Coral)
Part 5 (All Night Blue, Time Resist White)

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Giveaway Time! Help Celebrate Our 3rd Birthday! *CLOSED*

As you know, Pleasurefush has just turned 3, so I thought let's celebrate it with a giveaway! I have put together a bunch of products that I think you'll like.

One person will be chosen randomly and will win the products listed below:
  • KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in #09 Nile Green *full size*
  • The Body Shop Super Volume Mascara in #01 Black *full size*
  • Nails Inc. Nail Polish in Emerald Street *full size*
  • Max Factor Mac Effect Mini Nail Polish in Fantasy Fire *full size*
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Badge
  • Chanel Chance Eau De Parfum 2 ml sample
  • Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola! Eau De Parfum 1.2 ml sample
  • Valentino Valentina Eau De Parfum 1.5 ml sample

To win the above goodies all you have to do is be a follower of my blog via GFC (new followers are very welcome) and post a comment below with your e-mail address. For up to 2 extra entries you can also follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway (make sure you include me @Anitacska in your tweet) and/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 via GFC or none of your entries will count! You must also leave a comment below with your e-mail address to enter. The giveaway is open worldwide! The giveaway closes at midnight (UK time) on Saturday 14th July 2012. Good luck!

Guerlain Terra Soleia Tan Enhancing Bronzer

You may remember my post about the upcoming Guerlain fall collection and at the end of the post there was a gorgeous golden bronzer, Terra Soleia. Although the fall collection isn't out until August, Terra Soleia is already available. I don't know if it's out in the UK yet, I ordered mine from Sephora (in France). *Edit: I've just seen this for sale in House of Fraser!

I don't have a full review for you because I haven't actually used it yet, I only swatched it. The gold shimmer on top is an overspray, and I didn't want to ruin the bronzer by removing all the overspray, so I only swatched a small area. The powder below the gold overspray seemed to be bronze with a gold tinge (could still be the overspray). It is very pretty.

The powder is absolutely humongous, you get 27 g which is about 3 times the size of an average face powder. It comes in a brown seethrough compact, the lid has Terracotta written on it in big gold letters, and you can see the pattern of the powder through it. As a result there is no mirror in the lid which is a bit strange, but I guess then you couldn't see the lovely pattern through the lid. I'd prefer to have a mirror, although to be fair, I don't see myself carrying it around as the size of the compact is absolutely massive.

I don't have a price in GBP for this, but mine cost 54.50 euros (approx. £44) from Sephora. The do have a 20% off code going (SOLEIL20) right now, so if you wanted it, this could be yours for 43.60 euros. They also deliver to the UK for 15.90 euros (approx. £13). I will let you know if I see this in the UK. For now, I'll leave you with some pictures to drool over.

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Barbara Daly Long Wear Eyeshadow Pencils Review and Swatches

On a recent trip to Tesco I found these Barbara Daly Long Wear Eyeshadow Pencils and thought I'd give them a try. They look very similar to the Topshop ones which I love and at £6.75 each you can't go too wrong. I bought two shades, Shimmer Sand (pinky beige with high sheen, no shimmer despite the name) and Black Marble (shimmery charcoal grey).

The eyeshadows claim to be long wearing and creaseproof. I agree with them being long-wearing, once they set, they're not going anywhere and last through the whole day, but they aren't as creaseproof as I had hoped (in particular Shimmer Sand). I wore Shimmer Sand with and without a primer, without it creased quite significantly. With primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance) it also creased a bit, but wasn't too noticable. I haven't tried it as a base yet. As I often wear cream eyeshadows when I don't have much time to get ready as they're so easy, I expect them to be creaseproof, at the very least on top of primer. With Shimmer Sand it wasn't too bad as it's a lighter shade. I wore Black Marble yesterday in the crease very lightly applied and blended very thouroughly with a crease brush and it held up beautifully without creasing. So maybe the secret is to apply a very thin layer and blend out very thouroughly.

The formula is very nice, the eyeshadow glides on very easily and can be blended out with your finger as well as a brush. They dry pretty quickly and once set, you need make up remover to get them off. Both colours are lovely, Black Marble has some fine shimmer whereas Shimmer Sand has more of a sheen instead of shimmer. Shimmer Sand reminds me of Urban Decay Sin Primer Potion. There are also two other shades available, Bronze Gold and Sand. You get 1.64 g and the product comes in a twist pen with a lid.

These eyeshadows cost £6.75 and there's currently a 3 for 2 offer on all Barbara Daly products at Tesco.

See more pictures after the jump!

Monday, 25 June 2012

Boots No 7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream Review and Swatches

Every brand is bringing out their own version of BB cream at the moment and now Boots's own brand, No 7 has one as well. I had heard about it being a good one, so I thought I'd give it a go. As I had a £5 No 7 voucher, I only has £7.95 to lose. But actually, it was money well spent.

No 7 Beautiful Skin BB cream comes in 2 different shades (fair and medium) and also there are 3 different versions according to your skin type (normal/oily skin, normal/dry skin, dry/very dry skin). So other than dark skinned ladies, everyone can find their own match (and yes, there should be a dark shade!).

I bought the shade fair and as I have a normal/combination skin, I opted for the normal/oily version. The colour is a pretty good match for me and the consistency works well with my skin type. It did need blotting/powdering halfway through the day, but that's normal for me. The coverage is medium and the cream doesn't feel at all heavy on my skin. Blends in like a dream, doesn't feel at all tacky and doesn't make my face shiny. I really like this one.

It also qualifies as an actual BB cream as it has skincare elements as well as SPF15 and 5 star UVA protection, and it's also a pretty good tinted moisturiser/foundation. I can't confirm whether it's moisturising on its own or not, because I always use my usual daycream under it, but it's certainly not drying on me.

I think this BB cream is comparable to the 17 Blemish Balm, but it's more lightweight, has a slightly less coverage, has less SPF and is more expensive. So there are pros and cons to it. This one costs £12.95, but if you manage to get hold of a £5 off No 7 voucher (Boots are handing them out right now!), it is a very good deal as you get 40 ml with this, whereas the 17 Blemish Balm is just 30 ml. 

So all in all, I think this is a very good BB cream and would happily recommend it. I really like that they cater for different skin types. On that note, has anyone tried the new Garnier BB cream for oily skin? Is it any good? I'm too scared to buy one, I hated the original one so much.

See more pictures after the jump!

Sunday, 24 June 2012

My Chanel Summer Collection Haul - Sable Rose Bronzing Powder and Calypso Glossimer

A rather small haul from Chanel summer, I only picked up one glossimer and one bronzer. I bought Calypso glossimer, a very bright orangey coral lipgloss with gold shimmers and Sable Rose bronzing powder.

First up, the bronzer. It is made up of 7 different coloured strips including some pinky purple ones which was why I chose Sable Rose. I apologise but I haven't actually swatched it yet, it's very pretty and as I have many bronzers on the go, I thought I'd save it for now. I have both from last year and have hardly made a dent in those yet. This one is also rather huge at 15 g, so it should last a long time.

Calypso glossimer is a bright orangey coral lipgloss with lots of golden shimmer. It is definitely more orange than Guerlain Porto Fino Terracotta gloss, but it also has a bit of a pink tinge to it. It's very pretty and summery. Unlike a lot of glossimer it is very nicely pigmented (some shades are mostly just shimmer) and lasts quite well on the lips. It isn't sticky at all, but due to the amount of shimmer it isn't smooth either, the shimmer makes is quite gritty in fact. This doesn't bother me too much, but if you prefer smooth glosses, that is something to consider. You get 5.5 g which is quite a lot (although it's hard to say how many ml that is).

The bronzing powders cost £34 and the glossimers cost £21. I believe most of the collection is still available, but obviously is limited edition, so if you want to buy anything, don't hesitate.

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Saturday, 23 June 2012

NOTD: A-England Princess Tears

I picked up some A-England holographic nail polishes back in April and finally I've got around to wearing one of them. I have Princess Tears, a grey-purple with subtle holo to show you.

Taken with flash

It took 3 coats to achieve the colour seen in the pictures. The formula was nice and easy to apply. I always do the last coat on top of the top coat (Seche Vite) to seal it better and also not to dull the holo effect. Despite this sadly it chipped on me within 24 hours. Also the holographic effect wasn't that vivid, not even in direct sunlight.

It's a nice enough polish and I know a lot of people rave about A-England polishes. This one isn't the best holo I've tried, although it does give a nice subtle effect and the colour is pretty. If you want proper holographic polishes, try the Glitter Gal ones instead. However, if you want something with a subtle effect, you might enjoy A-England polishes more.

They cost £9 each and you get 13 ml. Available to order from the A-England website.

See more pictures after the jump!

Friday, 22 June 2012

Want It! Chanel Bombay Express Collection for Summer 2012

Chanel is coming out with a few smallish collections this summer and one of them is the India inspired Bombay Express. Ever since I first seen images of the gorgeous gold powder, I knew I wanted it. The gold nail polish is also calling my name.

Available from 27th June exclusively in Chanel boutiques, Harrods, Selfridges W1, Selfridges Manchester Exchange, House of Fraser Glasgow and Fenwick Newcastle.

For now, here are the details of the collection:

Poudre Compacte (Limited Edition)

  • Route des Indes de Chanel

Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow (Limited Edition)

  • Nirvana

Joues Contraste Powder Blush  (Limited Edition)

  • Brume d’Or

Rouge Coco Shine (Limited Edition)

  • Empreinte: #437

Le Vernis (Limited Edition)

  • Diwali

See more pictures after the jump!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

My Guerlain Summer Collection Haul Part 3 - Terracotta Gloss and Terracotta Vernis

Here's another installment of my Guerlain summer collection haul (and I'm not finished yet!) and this time I want to show you the lipgloss and the two nail polishes I bought.

I got the Terracotta gloss in #10 Porto Fino which is a lovely coral shade with a hint of pink. Terracota glosses are non-sticky, smooth and really quite lovely. Porto Fino is quite pigmented, it definitely shows up on me, but it doesn't last very long, maybe 1.5 hours at most. It feels very comfortable on the lips and it's not at all drying.

I think a lot of people (including me) were surprised to see that there were two nail polishes in this collection as I had never come across any nail polish by Guerlain. I have to say though, I think they are actually pretty good. The orangy coral one is called Paradisio and the purple-blue one is Riviera. Paradisio is incredibly bright, almost neon, such a great summer colour, and Riviera is just a gorgeous, very unique colour (or at least I don't own anything like it).

Paradisio is a cream, it has a lovely formula, very smooth and almost completely opaque in one coat (I used two). Unfortunately it chipped on me very quickly (you will see in the pictures I already had a large chip after about 15 hours of wear), but it could be due to the base coat being applied a whole day beforehand. (Nothing lasts on me long, 3 days is my record for being chip free.)

Riviera lasted much better (on a fresh top coat), 2 days in I still only had a couple of small chips. Riviera is a beautiful purpley blue colour and it's a frost. Not a duochrome, just a gorgeous purple-blue. I'm sorry the pictures aren't great quality, but my camera doesn't do purples and they always turn blue, so I used my phone to capture the true colour. The picture taken with flash is the best colour match.

Terracotta glosses cost £21 for 5 ml, and Terracotta nail polishes cost £17.50 for 11.5 ml.

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms Review and Swatches

I did promise to swatch and review these delicious lip balms from the Clarins summer collection, and here it is. The lip balms come in 4 colours and they are a bit different from last year's balms in that they all have a thin core down the middle which is a pretty pigmented lipstick. This makes them more pigmented than last year's lip balms, but it also present a small problem.

Crystal Pink, Crystal Violet, Crystal Coral, Crystal Red

The lipstick core is very thin and as it's located in the middle of the bullet, this makes it rather difficult to apply the lip balm evenly. I found that holding the lip balm sideways helps a bit (so you don't end up with loads of lip balm above your lips) and also you need to smoosh your lips together to distribute the lipstick. It is a bit of a pain, but the lipstick is very nice and with the balm the whole result is very moisturing and comfortable, and pretty long lasting (lasted on me for about 3 hours).

They have a gorgeous strawberry/tropical fruit scent (can't decide which) and they do look so yummy in the tube. My favourite of the 4 is Crystal Pink. At first I wasn't sure whether it might be too light for me, but it's actually a very wearable pink colour. Not quite Barbie pink, it's more of a light rosey pink. Love it.

The lip balms cost £16.50 and you get 3.5 g for your money which is the higher end of average lipstick size (3-3.5 g). I think they're still available from most department stores and Boots, but they are limited edition, so grab them before they're gone if you like the look of them!

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows Review and Swatches Part... Erm, 5 I Think?

I can't even remember how many of these posts I have done already and this isn't the end either! I have thoroughly got sucked into buying these eyeshadows, they are so good and easy to use, yet really reasonably priced. If you'd like to check out my other reviews, please click on the links below:

Part 1 (Purple Obsession, Flashback Silver, Goldmine, Bronze Divine)
Part 2 (Permanent Kaki, Sahara Treasure)
Part 3 (Infinite Sky, Amber Rush)
Part 4 (Naughty Strawberry, Innocent Turqouise, Sassy Marshmallow, Magnetic Coral)

This time I have All Night Blue and Time Resist White to show you. All Night Blue is a dark royal blue and Time Resist White is a frosty white shade (it looks quite yellow in the pot, but applies white). Out of all the shades I own I found All Night Blue the hardest to work with, although that doesn't mean it's bad, just less good than the others. It swatches beautifully, but applies quite unevenly and therefore requires more work to blend it out. I think it might be because it's quite dark, the lighter shades are always easier to blend. It's a lovely colour though. I wore All Nigh Blue in the crease with Inifinite Sky on the lid and Time Resist White to highlight yesterday and it looked lovely. Time Resist White is quite frosty, so you might not like it if you don't do frosty highlighters, but it looks pretty cool in the inner corner even if you don't fancy it as a browbone highlighter. 

L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadows cost £6.99 each, but there's usually a deal on, currently it's buy one get one half price at Boots and 3 for 2 at Superdrug.

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Monday, 18 June 2012

My Guerlain Summer Collection Haul Part 2 - Terra Azzurra Bronzing Powder and Blush

Next up in my Guerlain haul post series is the limited edition bronzing powder and blush, Terra Azzurra.It is made up of 4 colours, approximately half of it is a nice warm shimmerless bronzer and the other half is made up of 3 strips: coral, pink and a light pinky beige highlighter. It isn't possible to pick up the smaller strips individually, so it's best to mix the three with your brush, but due to the size of the compact it is perfectly possible to use the blush part individually and also the bronzer. The blush strips are slightly shimmery, but not glittery.

The powder comes in the same kind of compact as last year's Terra Inca bronzer, it's a domed round wooden compact with a lid that's held on by 3 magnets, so it comes off completely. The compact comes in a gorgeous cloth pouch that is the same design as the Meteorites brush's pouch. The inside of the outer cardboard box also has the same design. The powder is slightly heavier than last year's Terra Inca at 16 g, and it retails for £51 (ouch!). I picked mine up in the Duty Free at Gatwick for £44 which is a slightly better price.

The bronzer isn't overly pigmented, so it doesn't require very light handed application for the pale ones amoung us, however it can be built up for a darker colour. The blush is quite pigmented, especially the coral shade, so you need to be more careful with it. You can also mix up all 4 shades for a bronzy coral-pink blush.

It's a nice product, but at this price I'm not sure it's a must have. It was for me because I'm a collector as well as user of Guerlain, but if you think it's too expensive for you, I'm sure you can find other alternatives. I think last year's Blush G is similar to the blush part, but I'm not a bronzer person, so no idea about dupes for the bronzer powder. The packaging is gorgeous though and if you like limited edition products with pretty packaging, then go for it!

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Sunday, 17 June 2012

My Guerlain Summer Collection Haul Part 1 - Perles d'Azur Meteorites Pearls and Meteorites Brush

I was really looking forward to the Guerlain summer collection, so of course I ended up buying a lot of products. I thought I'd split the haul post into a few parts and actually do proper reviews as well.

First up is the limited edition Meteorites powder Perles d'Azur and the Meteorites powder brush. As you might know already, I'm a big fan of Guerlain Meteorites pearls and I have a very extensive collection of them (I should take an updated photo of my collection, the last one can be seen here if you're interested).

This summer's Meteorites come in a beautiful container designed by Emilio Pucci and the case of the Meteorites brush has the same design (as well as the inside of the boxes every product comes in). This summer's Meteorites container is a lovely blue colour and the lid has the intricate detail, and the brush has matching blue hair. The pearls come in 5 colours: white, gold, copper, pink and blue, and as always they come in different sizes. Although there are blue pearls in there, the overall colour you get is just general skin colour. I would describe Meteorites as finishing powder, it gives a kind of glow to your skin, but it isn't glittery kind of glow. I didn't swatch it for you because it doesn't really show up in swatches.

The brush is really good for applying the Meteorites, but it  also works with other powders. It's very soft and quite dense, and the blue hair is just gorgeous! (The regular Meteorites brush comes with pink hair.) I love the pouch it comes with, the pattern on it is so pretty.

The Meteorites pearls cost £37 and you get 30 g, and the Meteorites powder brush costs £28.

See lots more pictures after the jump!

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Dior 1 Couleur Eye Gloss Eyeshadow #750 Sunset Review and Swatches

I wasn't as overwhelmed by Dior's summer collection as I thought I would be, so other than a couple of bronzing powders I onyly bought one of the Eye Gloss cream eyeshadows. I picked up the shade Sunset which is a warm pink with gold shimmers.

I have only tried it over a primer and it stayed all day without creasing. It's not waterproof, but I don't need my eye make up to be waterproof anyway, other than mascara occasionally. It's easy to blend and dries quickly, and it's such a pretty colour, I really like it. I use it on days when I don't have much time to apply make up, it's quick and easy. It comes with a sponge applicator which I use to apply with onto my eyelids and then blend the edges with my finger.

You get 6 ml which is a good size, and these Eye Glosses cost £20. They come in 4 colours, but as they're limited edition, all of them might not be available anymore.

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Friday, 15 June 2012

Guerlain Shine Automatique Lipstick #240 Pamplelune Review and Swatches

I'm trying my best to clear my backlog, but there's still so much I want to blog about. For now I thought I'd show you the last of the Guerlain Shine Automatique Lipsticks I've purchased, this one is #240 Pamplelune, a gorgeous pinky coral colour.

It looks quite scary in the tube, but like the other lipsticks in this range, it is actually quite sheer when applied. The intensity of the swatch you see below was achieved by 5 swipes. I think it's really great for summer, when you don't want to bother with too much make up, it's quite sheer, but lasts surprisingly well and feels nicely moisturising on the lips.

If you'd like to check out my reviews on the other four shades I own, please click on the links below:
#200 Sous Le Vent
#220 Pour Troubler
#263 A La Parisienne
#262 Extrait de Rose

The Shine Automatique lipsticks cost £24.50 and available online and at the counters from Debenhams, House of Fraser and other retailers.

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

My Clarins Summer Collection Haul

I have a quick post for you today to show you what I bought from the Clarins Summer Collection. No swatches I'm afraid, but I will do a proper review on the lip balms later. (Not sure when I'll get around to even swatching the eyeshadow palette, it's so pretty, don't want to mess it up.)

As you can see, I bought all 4 lip balms and the gorgeous eyeshadow palette.The lip balms are slightly different to last years (which I didn't actually bought), because this year the balms also have a "core" which is a pretty well pigmented lipstick. You can see below in the pictures what I actually mean.

The eyeshadow palette costs £30 and the lip blams are £16.50 each. They are all still available from Debenhams if you like the look of them.

See more pictures after the jump!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

NOTD: She Stylezone Quick Dry Nail Polish #255

I bought this nail polish during my recent trip to Hungary, and it's so pretty, I thought I'd show it off straight away. It's from a brand called She Stylezone which I think is DM's (Drogerie Markt) own brand, and i believe it's Austrian. I actually saw this exact shade last year, but decided not to buy it, however, this time I picked it up.

Taken with flash under strong indoor light on a cloudy day

It's a lovely purple jelly base with lots of holographic glitter. The polish itself is quite sheer, the colour you see in the pictures took 5 coats to achieve, but there's a good amount of glitter in every coat. (By the way, the colour you see in the pictures is pretty true, but as purple is so hard to capture, I had to settle for these rather orange tones.) I think it would work much better as a topcoat over an opaque purple polish, although it is wearable on its own too.

As I said I bought this in Hungary, and I can't actually remember how much it cost, but it was only a couple of quid. You get 10 ml which is pretty decent. Drying time was alright, plus I used Seche Vite on top, so it dried quickly anyway. Wear time was slightly below average, it lasted for not quite 24 hours without chipping, although it still looked okay after 2 days. I mostly only had chips on my index fingers.

Have you tried anything from this brand? Anything you'd recommend?

See another picture after the jump!

Monday, 11 June 2012

And The Winner Is...Me! My Very Own Personalised Estee Lauder Lipstick!

I'm sorry, I'm being all me, me, me right now, but I'm really chuffed about this, so wanted to share with you. A while ago I entered Estee Lauder's Facebook competition to win a personalised Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick and it came just the other day. Wrapped up in white Estee Lauder tissue paper it arrived inside this cute blue pouch together with a sample of Advanced Night Repair.

I had a choice of three shades and went for Wildly Pink which is a bright pink shade with subtle shimmer.  The formula is lovely, it's very smooth and pigmented and feels comfortable on the lips. It lasts pretty well, for about 4 hours even with eating and drinking and it leaves a nice stain behind as it fades. It's not very moisturising, I did feel like reaching for a lip balm after about 3 hours, but it's not drying either. I like it a lot, all in all it's a really lovely lipstick. I also got my name engraved on the lid which makes it all very special. Thank you Estee Lauder!

See more pictures after the jump!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday Pleasureflush!

Yep, my blog has turned 3 today. Although I did neglect it for a while at the beginning, I have been regularly blogging for the last 2 years or so and really enjoying it. As I don't know other people "in real life" who love make up as much as I do, it's really lovely to have found so many on the internet who share my passion. I can't believe I have almost 500 followers and my blog is visited over 1,000 times every day. I'm really glad I can share my thoughts and love of make up with you lovely readers and thank you so much for coming back to my blog time after time.

I will be doing a big giveaway to celebrate my 3rd blog anniversary and reaching 500 followers (which will happen hopefully soon), just bear with me for a little while as it's always a busy time in my life with several birthdays and commitments in my "other" life.

For now, I'll just say thank you for following my blog and for all your kind comments over the past 3 years. It's the readers and the comments that make spending hours writing up posts worthwhile. 

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Mac Heavenly Creature Mineralize Collection July 2012 Promo Pictures and Details

Finally! The Mac mineralize collection I've been waiting for is almost here and now I have the full details and promo pictures to share with you. As a massive mineralize fan, I will be buying every mineralize product from the collection. I am also considering buying a few more of the Volcanic Ash Exfoliators as I really like them, but I still have a good few back ups from two years ago, so we'll see.

I love this promo picture with the products looking like planets, don't you? Will you be getting anything from this collection?

Find out all the details about the collection and see loads more promo pictures after the jump!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Hot Weather Equals Sweating and Chafing - Will Neat 3B Face Saver Gel and Action Cream Help Fight Against Them?

I know it's cold and rainy outside, but there was a short spell of hot weather in May when I actually managed to wear a summer dress. Sadly, at the moment, being a couple of stone overweight and being rather bottom-heavy means that if I wear a dress or skirt, my thighs rub together and I end up with an almighty heat rash. Nice. So when I was offered the opportunity of trialling Neat 3B's products, namely their Action Cream and Face Saver Gel (more on that later) I jumped to the opportunity.

The Action Cream "helps prevent sweat rash and chafing and is ideal for use before exercise and also acts as an antiperspirant and a protective emollient". Neat 3B suggest you use it between the legs, between the breasts and between the buttocks. While I don't have many problems with the latter two, I do admit, I need help when it comes to my thighs. So did it work for me? Sadly no. I ended up with a massive heat rash just the same as I would've without using anything. I was dubious from the start as the cream doesn't feel at all slippery and therefore doesn't help with creating more slippage between my thighs. Maybe you're supposed to reapply it during the day, but as the packaging said use 1-2 times a day I decided to do that and see how it works. I also applied it between and under my boobs, but they don't tend to rub together so I didn't see any advantage to using the cream. I also didn't notice less sweating.

I'll tell you what does work for me though, I use Vaseline on my thighs and it basically makes them slide rather than rub together. I do have to reapply quite frequently, but it does help. Anyway, maybe I will do another post on that one.

I also need help in the face sweating department, in fact I'm a Sweatty Betty over all, so I thought I'd give Neat 3B Face Saver Gel a go as well. You're supposed to use it under your usual moisturiser and make up and it should "help prevent excess facial perspiration". The gel itself is unscented, a clear gel that is fairly easy to spread but take a while to sink in. I did find my face remain a bit sticky after using it. Sweating wise I do think it helped, I walked to a friends (about a mile) in hot sunshine and while my face was a bit sweaty, my make up wasn't melting off it. I can't say I didn't sweat at all, but I definitely saw a difference. I have to say though I wasn't very keen on the sticky feeling it left on my face and would probably not bother with it too much in the future.

Neat 3B Action Cream and Face Saver Gel are both available from Express Chemist. Action Cream costs £8.19 for 75g and Face Saver Gel costs £9.89 for 50g.

See lots of product pictures after the jump!

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Guerlain Shine Automatique Lipstick #262 Extrait de Rose Review and Swatches

Firstly apologies for the lack of posts over the past few days, I'm currently on holiday and haven't got much access to a computer. I was hoping to schedule some posts for this week before leaving, but life got in the way. Normal service should resume in about a week's time and I have a lot of lovely goodies to show you, so hope it'll be worth the wait.

For now I have another shade from the Guerlain Shine Automatique line to show you today, it's #262, a lovely sheer fuchsia pink with lots of shimmer. When I swatched the entire line of Shine Automatique lipsticks the other day, this one jumped out at me as one of the favourites.

I really like fuchsia pinks, I think they suit me very well and I like the new Shine Automatique formula, it's lightweight, moisturising and has a nice sheen without full on glitter. If you'd like to check out my reviews on the other three shades I own, please click on the links below:

#200 Sous Le Vent
#220 Pour Troubler
#263 A La Parisienne

I have one more shade to review - coming soon! The Shine Automatique lipsticks cost £24.50 and available online and at the counters from Debenhams, House of Fraser and other retailers.

See more pictures after the jump!

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