Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Perfect Eyelash Trio

the perfect eyelash trio

shu uemura eyelash curler

dior diorshow maximizer

ysl shocking mascara

Having long, beautifully curled lashes is such a confidence booster for me and I’ve always been trying to find the perfect products to help me get that look. And the big news is I finally did it - I found the perfect trio that not only makes my lashes big and voluminous but also helps them stay curled and clump-free throughout the day! Starting off my eyelash routine, I always curl my lashes, using my trusty Shu Uemera Eyelash Curler (here). This baby works absolute wonders, especially for someone like me who has long, yet straight lashes. It really gets into the root of the lash creating the perfect natural curl that last hours and hours. The shape of the silicone pad is ideal for everyone and gives elongated sweeping curl instead of the not-so-cute harsh crimped look. Being the crème de la crème of the eyelash curlers, this one by She Uemura is an essential and if your lashes need some prepping and extra hold like mine do – this gem’s a must.

Now that my lashes are curled and pretty there come the exciting part – using eyelash serum. And if you’re not familiar with the concept don’t worry – I recently heard of it myself but since I got a sample of the Dior Diorshow Maximizier Lash Plumping Serum (here) I never looked back. This is the product that takes my mascara game one step further and it makes the biggest difference. The Maximiser could be used both as mascara primer and as overnight treatment to condition and strengthen them. I haven’t been using this beauty long enough to comment on its nourishing properties but let me tell you – as a primer it’s a complete game changer. It creates the perfect smooth and even base for my mascara and it glides on like a dream. The fast-drying Maximizer also separates and lengthens the lashes beautifully, adding more volume and definition, without any clumps – incredible! Say goodbye to the short, thin lashes – this stuff sorts them out in seconds!

Well any eyelash talk wouldn’t be complete without raving about my favorite mascara at the moment, would it? Meet my latest mascara obsession in the form of the ever-so-lovely YSL Shocking Mascara (here). Fancy having long, perfectly separated, deep black, voluminous lashes that hold curl for the whole day and doesn’t clump or smudge? Well you’ve come to the right place because this baby gives it all in just one swipe! The list could go on really, but this mascara works absolute wonders and in conjunction with the Dior serum – the results are downright brilliant. I’m all about the more dramatic eyelashes and this YSL mascara ticks all the boxes for me, so if you’re on a hunt for a new eyelash companion – jump on the bandwagon!

Have you ever used any of these products before? How do you like them? How do you achieve the perfect eyelash look?

Lots of love,

Saturday, 19 April 2014

NUXE Reve de Miel Lip Balm / Review

NUXE Reve de Miel Lip Balm

NUXE Reve de Miel Lip Balm

NUXE Reve de Miel Lip Balm

Calling out to all dry lip sufferers out there – I have finally found the solution to all our problems in the form of the NUXE Reve de Miel Lip Balm (here). Move aside Dior Crème de Rose (here) you’ve been replaced and there’s no going back! As you may know, I have naturally extremely dry lips and finding the perfect lip balm to take care of them has always been quite the task. Most lip balms I’ve tried just don’t seem to offer long-term improvement and get the job done only while on the lips. Reve de Mile, however, is a whole nuther story – it not only feels super moisturizing on but with continuous use it actually sorts out the problem and improves the whole condition of my lips more permanently. Brilliant!

Reve de Miel is designed for very dry and chapped lips and it is titled as ‘ultra nourishing lip balm with honey and precious oils’. I don’t know what those precious oils are but apparently they work absolute wonders as my lips have never been this soft and smooth! The balm is enriched with honey, shea butter, plant oils and grapefruit essence, which not only contribute to the ah-mazing, delicious scent but also nourish the lips like there’s no tomorrow. Reve de Miel is hands down the most conditioning lip balm I’ve put on and its incredible, rich formula moisturizes as well as repairs and restores the suppleness of the lips. Just pop some before you go to bed at night or apply some throughout the day and your lips will be soothed, fuller, and much softer!

The formula of Reve de Miel is unlike any lip balm I’ve tried before. It’s a bit strange at first and even though some people may disagree - I love it. It has rather thick consistency and it feels almost grainy. Luckily though the balm glides on easily and once it’s melted on the lips it feels smooth and lightweight. It dries to a nice matte finish, which is ideal for under your lipstick. If your lips are thirsty and you are tired of the not-so-cute look of the dry, chapped lips – Reve de Miel will come to the rescue. You really can’t go wrong with it and that comes from someone who’s been battling the flakey lip for ages.

Have you tried Reve de Miel before? How do you like it?

Lots of love,

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak / Review

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak Swatches

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak Swatches

You can never have enough peach lipsticks, they say. Following that motto, feeling excited and not at all ashamed to add a new lippy to my collection, I took the plunge and bought it – the ever so gorgeous Urban Decay Revolution lipstick in Streak (here). Lipstick is my ultimate weakness, plus I love sporting the peach pout at the moment, so getting it was only fair. And do I regret it? Hell no! Ladies and gentlemen, meet *wait for it* the best lipstick I have found in a really, really long time! Surely a pretty bold statement but for a good reason! Streak is one of those products that you apply once and you never look back – it left me absolutely smitten and it took me less then a second to completely fall in love with it. A bright peach with pink-y coral undertones – this beauty is one of those ‘suit everyone, slap on with smokey eye or natural makeup’ kind of shades. The beautiful semi-matte finish of the lippy is exactly my cup of tea and I adore the subtle sheen running through it. I love how the shade brightens up my whole complexion and how my lips actually appear fuller and plumper when I wear this. Score.

The luxurious packaging is downright stunning but what is better about this lipstick is the formula! This gem definitely has all the boxes ticked and it is like nothing else I have tried. Streak applies like charm, gliding effortlessly across my lips, hugging every curve and feeling cushiony soft and buttery. You can kiss goodbye any dry patches or imperfections, as this miracle worker covers them all, making your lips look as soft and juicy as ever. You only need one swipe to get full-blown color and the almost waxy texture ensures amazing longevity, sticking around for absolute ages and making the lips feel comfortable and hydrated at the same time. That’s magic in a bullet right here.

If you fancy dipping your toe in the bright lipstick pool – Streak is the lipstick you need to get involved with. Stunning shade that turns heads? Check? Brilliant long lasting, moisturizing formula? Check? Well then the moral of the story is this – I need to continue buying lipsticks, as you never know when the perfect one will come around. Or at least that’s what I like to tell myself haha.

Have you tried Streak before? Which is your favorite Urban Decay Revolution lipstick shade?

Lots of love,