Saturday, 30 June 2012

L'Occitane Mini Haul!

Seeming as L'Occitane had a summer sale on I decided to try some of their products for the first time.  My partner is a grooming product junkie and he'd being eyeing up their Cade products for a while so I decided to buy him the Cade Shaving Balm and Shaving Soap. 

For me however, I bought the Provencal Landscape Scented Candle.  This has a gorgeous fresh but warm scent and first smelt it burning in store.  The packaging is very sophisticated and french - a simple tin case which is perfect for travelling with green and gold labelling.  The tin does feel a little flimsy but I guess being lightweight makes it even better for travelling.

My pet hate with candles is 'tunnellling' - when the candle just burns straight down the middle leaving loads of wasted fragranced wax.  The L'Occitane Provencal Landscape Scented Candle seems to avoid this though if you burn for around 3 hours at a time (they recommend no more than 4)  However, its total burn time is around 20 hrs meaning you'll only get around a weeks worth of evenings burning :(  This seems like a very expensive way to fragrance your room to me!  One of life's little luxuries though :)

My first experience of shopping online with L'Occitane was reasonably good.  Delivery was quick and cheap at £2.95.  They also offer a choice of two free samples.  I chose the Imortelle Cream Mask as  I have seen rave reviews of this skincare regime and one sachet would do a nice treatment.  Also, I chose a Repairing Shine Mask for my hair.  I love trying samples and I thought this was a nice touch.  Their 'gift wrapping' was disappointing though.  They say they select how to wrap your gift depending on the contents of your order.  Opening my order I thought they had forgotten.  Then at the bottom of the package I found a green paper bag and a L'Occitane sticker - hardly thought out gift wrapping!  Ah well it was free....

Have you purchased anything in the sale?  What are your favourite L'Occitane products?

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen Review

There are some beauty items that I use so often that I forget to review them as they are not a novelty but a necessity to me!  Liquid eyeliner is one of these products.  Previously I have not paid much attention to the brand of liquid eyeliner I use.  As long as it it jet black and fluid enough I'm happy.  Natural Collection does a suprisingly good one for a super bargain price of £1.99.

Once you have the hang of a traditional liquid eyeliner you tend not to stray.  However, I have been intrigued by 'felt tip pen' versions.  I was tempted to try Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen as I have been very impressed by both their lipstick and mascara.

The application of S&G Supercat Eyeliner Pen took a while for me to get the hang of as it is not as 'liquid' as I am used to.  Instead of the usual one stroke sweep, you literally draw on the line.  However, drag is minimal and the black is very deep so no need to go over your work!  The result is a very clean line.  I also noticed it stays put a lot better than my old eyeliner.  No flaking whatsoever!

Interestingly, you seem to get a lot more use out of this pen compared with the traditional brush and tube.  After around 4 months of using this pen it shows no signs of drying out thanks to its secure cap.  Furthermore, I imagine this is a lot more hygenic as you are not introducting bacteria into the product. 

Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen is a fantastic product for those who are not used to applying liquid eyeliner and want to try out the retro cat-eye flick.  For me this is an everyday must.  However, I do like the precision a more traditional brush gives you.

What formula do you prefer your eyeliner in?  Liquid, pen or pencil?

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Garnier Summer Body Lotion Review

Despite this awful weather in June I'm wishfully starting to prepare my body for some sunnier days.  I try to avoid real sun tanning but at the same time I've never got the knack of fake tanning.  If I had the money I'd probably get it done professionally but even then I'm a bit nervous of the 'tangoed' look often sported here in Essex.

This is where gradual tanners come into there own for me.  I have tried both Johnsons and Dove and both have been fine for me.  They still have a slight whiff of normal tanning products but the results were even and non-streaky.  Garnier Summer Body in my opinion is even better.

Superdrug were selling a huge 400ml bottle of Garnier Summer Body at the bargain half-price of around £3.50 so I had to give it a go.  I even bought a tanning mitt to improve the results and avoid the dreaded orange palms.  I could only find it in the shade 'deep'.  This sounded a bit scary for someone with decidedly pale skin like me but I gave it a shot.

After just two applications of Garnier Summer Body the edge had been taken off my pasty skin with a lovely golden shade.  No streaks to be seen, not even extra dark patches on my knees or feet!  The scent is lovely too - it is enriched with apricots and this fragrance comes through pretty much masking any nasty tanning smells.

The only negative I found with Garnier Summer Body is how it wears off.  With this nasty weather I've been covering up and to be honest, stopped topping up my tan.  After a few days I noticed at the tops of my arms I looked as if I had some kind of pigmentation problem!  All I can suggest is keep applying or exfoliate to avoid uneven fading.

Even full price at around £7 Garnier Summer Body is a bargain gradual tanner because of the huge bottle.  I'll be sticking to this one!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butter Review

Sorry I have been away for so long!  I've been ill for a while and have really not felt up to blogging.  But here I am back with a review of my latest favourite product - Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butters

I missed the boat when these first came out and there were some great offers on.  I was a little reluctant at purchasing them at full price incase they were just a glorified tinted lipbalm.  So I waited... and Boots put them back on offer at £5.99 each instead of £7.99.

There are so many gorgeous colours in the Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butter range and I spent a good time trying to decide on which one to buy.  In the end I decided to pick one neutral and one bright to cover all eventualities.  Peach Parfait is a beautiful shimmering pale peach.  It contains quite a bit of gold shimmer which I love - it really warms my skin tone up.  The second shade I chose was Lollipop - an eye catching bright pink with blue tones to it.  The shimmer in this is much more subtle but it still has a lovely sheen.

Now for the wearing of Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butters.  They are really soft and so squidge around in the tube a bit if they get to warm but it does mean they glide on super smooth and leave your lips super moisturised.  I love this as I HATE sticky lipglosses or drying lipsticks.  These really are the perfect hybrid.  The staying power isn't great.  Peach Parfait holds its shimmer well after some of the colour has faded.  However, Lollipop does fade quickly from the centre of your lips after eating and drinking.

Overall, I love these Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butters just like every other beauty blogger I know!  I'm not sure I'll be purchasing any other colours for the moment as both shades are really versatile (and I never use all of my lip products!)  I would highly recommend these though if you are looking for a comfortable wear lipstick with the sheen of a gloss.