Thursday, 30 June 2011

June Favourites

I've decided to share the make-up products that I have been using regularly and that I loved over the past month.

    1.  The Urban Decay Naked Palettewhich as been out for over a year.  I have had this since the end of May and have used it everyday of June. I have created a variety of different day and night looks with this palette. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good palette. It is also great for travelling and the case is sturdy so it doesn't get damaged. 

   2. Also something I reviewed recently that I constantly reach for and have used a lot in June has been my Benefit Coralista blusher. This has a lovely light pink coral tone when applied with a light hand. However if required for going out it, more can be applied and it creates a great night time look. 

3. I received this eyeliner as a gift from an eBay purchase and I wasn't expecting it to be very good but I was surprised to find that this is a great gel eyeliner. It's available from 3act*beauty. It lasts all day and it's very easy to apply. I have since purchased other colours of this gel.  

4. I have been using a variety of different foundations this month and the reason is that I can't find one that I actually like so therefore I'm not going to mention any particular one for June favourites. Hopefully I'll have found one for July favourites.  

5. Regarding nail polish I have been using mainly two in June. One is from Essence called 'Movin'On'.  It's a very neutral brown-grey colour. It's a great colour as it doesn't over power a look. The second is from Primark and it's called 'Cornflower'. I wasn't expecting alot from this polish, however it has amazing staying power and doesn't chip for up to four days. 

   6. If I have a long day I will usually spray some ELF Studio  Makeup Mist & Set. I like this as it sets the makeup to make it last all day. 

   7. I have a variety of mascara, all to do something different, however at the end of May I decided to try one from the Essence range. I had tried other products by them before however not a mascara. I was very surprised by how much I liked this one. It has great longevity and is waterproof. It also makes lashes look full. 

   8. The lipgloss I have used most over the past month has been something that I received as a Christmas present however had never opened. I love these lipglosses. I'm currently using the lightest pink shade. It gives lips a nice colour that isn't overwhelming. 

What  have you been using for June?

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Jumping Juniper

I purchased this recently when I went to Dublin. I had been looking at the Lush UK website and when I saw the shop in Dublin I had to have a look. I finally decided on a shampoo bar for greasy hair, called Jumping Juniper. One of my main hair problems.  
This shampoo bar is described on the Lush website as a'Lavender and juniper Shampoo Bar to control oily hair. Along with spots and exams, oily hair can be one of the most annoying things to torment your teenage years. Jumping Juniper cleans away grease and balances sebum production with lavender oil. Juniper sorts out an oily, congested scalp, while lemon and lime make your hair clean and shiny and give it an extra fresh scent. Juniper will get you jumping in no time.' 

To use this you have to simply wet the bar and the rub it in your hands and then put that foam into your hair. I discovered that you only need a small amount of the bar as it lathers very quickly and easily when in your hair.
I have used this twice so far. I have tried it two different ways. The first I used only the shampoo bar, no conditioner or mousse. I found this occasion it made my hair very flat. That was not what I wanted considering I have greasy oily hair that goes flat very easily. 

I didn't give up on it just yet. I decided to give it another go and this time us my styling mousse afterwards. I washed my hair using the bar with a similar flat result as the first use. I then added the styling mousse. This helped to reduce the flatness but not completely. I waited for the next day and it was just as oily as it usually was, if not worse. 

I was going to do another trial using conditioner but I have decided not to. I rarely use conditioner because of my oily hair and when using the shampoo bar I know it would make  it worse.  
I paid €7.80 for this bar. Considering you are meant to get 80 washes from this I thought that was an okay price. On the Lush UK website it is £4.85 for 55g.  
Would I buy this again? No. I would not buy this particular bar again, however I will be buying a different one after a while. I have picked out a few different things that I want to try on the Lush website.   

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Elf Cream Eyeliner

Yet another eyeliner review. 

Elf cream eyeliner is meant to, according to the Elf website, 'Creates smooth lines that are defined and precise. Smudge-proof, budge-proof and water-resistant coverage for all day wear to combat against, sweat, tears and rain!'.  I didn't find this to be a very effective eyeliner.  I found it hard to apply and also wasn't very pigmented when I applied it. If I went over it once or twice when applied then the colour showed up a little more but still not very dark. 

There was also a brush with this eyeliner, I couldn't find it when I was taking these pictures.  I didn't think that this brush was very good, it was very flimsy and small. I used a fine tip brush and also a slanted eyeliner brush.

After I applied this and achieved the colour that I wanted it did stay on for the day. However it did fade slightly. I think it depends greatly on the level of oiliness of the eyelids. 
This eyeliner comes in a small square glass container. It contains 0.16oz or 4.7g. 
I bought this online at Elf UK. They have great offers online and if you follow them on Facebook you can avail of the many promotional codes that they post.  This eyeliner cost me €4.  

Would I buy this again? No. Although I would like to try one of their new shimmer cream eyeliner. I can always hope that its a different formula.  

Monday, 27 June 2011

Weekly Quote

Beauty is not caused. It is.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet

Yankee Candle

I had heard a lot and often seen Yankee Candle products but until recently I had never tried any of them. I'm very particular about the types of scented products that I buy as they can often give me a headache. 

I bought 3 of there products. I initially thought that they were small candles, however upon closer inspection I discovered that they were Yankee Candle Tarts Wax Potpourri.  At first I wasn't sure what to do with them but after looking in the Yankee Candle FAQ I found my answer. 

Q: How do I use Tarts® Wax Potpourri? 
A: Tarts® Wax Potpourri offer you exceptional home fragrancing without the mess of traditional simmering potpourri. Place Tarts® Wax Potpourri in the top of a dry potpourri warmer and never add water. Light one of the unscented tealights (never use scented tea lights) for a controlled low flame made especially for potpourri burners. When melted, the wax potpourri will release its wonderful fragrance for up to 8 hours. Once all the fragrance has been diffused from the wax pool, allow the wax to come back to a solid at room temperature. Remove the wax from the warmer unit by applying slight, even pressure to the wax with the palm of your hand. The wax disc will easily release from the warmer. Discard the wax disc and begin another Tart® Wax Potpourri. You can also mix one half of two different fragrances to create your own unique blend of aromas.
(Taken from Yankee Candle Website). 

The three scents that I purchased were Cottage Breeze, Lemon Lavender and also Clean Cotton. I would consider these to be mildly scented. 

I will be going to get these in candle form. Even thought I like these I think the candles would be easier to manage.  
I paid €1.99 for each of these. If there is no store near you that has them, them are available from Yankee Candle

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Revlon Colorstay Mineral Mousse Foundation

The correct foundation is always difficult to find. I, like most other women, have tried many  foundations, trying to find a foundation that has the right coverage, shade, texture. Every shopping experience where I look for foundation is filled with questions such as, 'Will it have the right finish?', 'Will the shade be too dark?' or 'Will it last long enough when I apply it?'. Therefore, this is my first of many reviews of different foundations. 

This foundation is from Revlon's Colourstay collection. I purchased this in '10 Fair' as I have very pale skin. The formula in this foundation is probably one of the worst that I have used. I tried to apply it with a 'Mac 187' brush and it was very difficult to work with and also I needed a lot of product using the brush. I also tried it with the ELF studio powder brush, which I use regularly to apply my foundations, and it was equally as bad as using the 'Mac 187'. Finally I tried a sponge, which I don't like using because of the bacteria held in the sponges after one us. This was the worst method to apply with. The sponge absorbed most of the product and anything that it did apply it simply moved the product around my face.  

There is a smooth mousse like texture from this foundation. I initially thought that it was the mousse  texture that was making if difficult to apply. However I have used mousse foundations before and they have been fine. 

The '10 Fair' shade was a good match for my skin. It was therefore disappointing that the coverage and formula were terrible. 

I applied this several times in the hope that one way would work. However, I had to remove it after I applied it as it looked terrible. Therefore, I don't know how long this would last as I couldn't wear it for any more than a half an hour, as I felt it looked so bad. 

The one redeeming for this foundation was the packaging. It comes in a nice black plastic tube. It is easy to just put it into your bag without worrying if it'll get damaged. It is also easy to get the product out. 

I'm not sure the exact price of this in stores but I think its approximately €15. I purchased it from ebay for approximately €7. 

Would I buy this again? No

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Collection 2000 Fast Stroke Eyeliner

Yet another Collection 2000 eyeliner.  This time is a black liquid eyeliner. 
Fast stroke eyeliner

Fast stroke eyeliner is a black eyeliner with a fine tipped applicator. I wouldn't consider this to be a very very black eyeliner. I also have to shake the bottle before I apply this and then when applied I would need to over the eyeliner again to get the desired black colour that I wanted. I would also consider this to be very liquid, I know its a liquid eyeliner, however I have used eyeliners that are not as runny as this one. However, Fast stroke does glide across the eyelid so its easy to apply.  

Felt tip

This eyeliner has good longevity. I applied it mainly over an eyeshadow primer and it lasts all day. However there were times when it was difficult to remove. However, I wasn't that surprised by this as it stayed on so well. 


I liked the packaging for this eyeliner. It came in a compact little bottle and was easy to travel with. There was also a lot of product in the small bottle.  There is 6ml of product in the bottle. It indicates on the bottle 'For precision & definition. Shake well before use'. I would definitely recommend following this step. 
felt tip

I purchased this about two months ago so cant remember the exact price, however I think it was approximately €6-€7. I bought this in Boots

Would I buy this product again? I'm not actually sure about this, I think it will depend on when I finish this bottle. I like the packaging and the way it glides on, however I dislike that the colour isn't very black when first applied. 

Friday, 24 June 2011

Sites of the Week: 24 June 2011

I love these packaging designs:

I love these DIY pieces of jewellery, I'll definitely be trying them: DIY Necklace andDIY Bracelet

Typography is the art of painting with movable type. These are very cool examples of typography:

These are great pictures of some dramatic makeup:

If you have problems with striking a great pose in a photograph, this is a post for you:

These are great tattoos:

Flower Power:

50 tips to help with positivity:

Boots Coconut & Almond Intensive Hair Mask

After trying the Boots Honey & Jojoba Intensive Hair Mask,  I wanted to try another hair mask, so I decided on the Boots Coconut & Almond Intensive Hair Mask. 

Coconut cover

The thing that I like most about this product is the great smell that it leaves on you hair after you use it. I get more of a coconut smell that I do of almond, which is fine with me as I love the smell of coconut products. 
This hair mask is for normal to dry hair. I use this on the ends of my hair as that is the driest area of my hair. This is a great to product, that left my hair feeling very smooth and healthy looking. 

Coconut sample

I used about a teaspoon sized amount of this product on my hair, I have long hair, therefore shorter hair will require less, also depending on how dry the hair is.  

The coconut and almond intensive hair mask costs €2.99 for 350ml. I purchased this in store, however it is also available at Boots online. 


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