Tuesday, 17 December 2013


As the weather gets colder I love to wear a brown smokey, perfect for A/W these orangry red browns look amazing against green eyes. When its comes to eyeshadow types, I tend to go for creams whether in pot or stick form as their convenient, long lasting and the pigmentation is spot on.
My Favourite and sadly discontinued shade is Benefit's Creaseless cream eyeshadow/liner in Busy Signal, the one that started it all. This is the perfect brown - orangey, golden, and long lasting. This has seen better days, its now started to dry out in the pot, in fact its come completely loose but I'm determined to use every last scarp as I can't bare to throw it away. The closest dupe I've found for Busy Signal is Rimmel's Scandaleyes in Bad To The Bronze just without the lasting power but with a primer underneath it manages to stick around. I highly rate the Rimmel pencils, for the price they cant be beat. Another one brought as a dupe is Clinique's Chubby Stick Shadow Tint in Fuller Fudge although this is slightly less orange toned and a tad bit cooler on the eyes its virtually undetectable. I love that there is no sharpening required with these, no product is getting wasting. All you have to do is twist it up and your good to go.

The longest lasting and darkest of the bunch is Pixi's Lid Last Shadow Pen in Bronze Brilliance,this stuff does not budge. After swatching this and finding it difficult to remove I knew it was a wining formula. When I wear this I don't have worry about touch ups as I know it isn't going anywhere on my oily lids. Now this last one is an eyeliner but it just means Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Bronze is all the better at lining the lower lash line and adding some definition and making the eyes pop. A tad orangey-er than all the others and it doesn't stick around as long as Bad To The Bronze but its perfect to keep on the go for touch ups.

After reading this post over at sleepandwater the KIKO's Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 06 is right up my street, yes I may not need it but I sure as hell want it!

Suggestions please, as you can see I bloomin love this shade of brown!

Thursday, 12 December 2013


When it starts to get colder I like to put away the Bioderma H20 and reach for something that's a little more hydrating. Since I didn't get on with Emma Hardie's cleansing balm I was on the look out for a cleansing balm that was simple, gentle and most importantly contained no essential oils and Clinique's Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm does all that. The size of this tub is excellent value for money, your getting 125ml for £21 which is more product and less money than a lot of the other cleansing balms on the market. Getting hold of this was next to impossible, it was constantly out of stock but then it briefly popped up on House of Fraser's website so I wasted no time ordering myself a tub.

When it comes to cleansing balms/oils I always like to use a gel cleanser afterwards to make sure there is no oil left on my skin. In the past that has worked perfectly but when I was doing this with Take The Day Off every morning I was waking up with a new spots on my cheeks. I then started using this as my first and second cleanse, forgetting the gel altogether but I was just breaking out even more. I was at a loss for what to do as none of the products in my collection were suitable, I have a good BHA exfoliator (Pauala's Choice Clear Extra 2% Salicylic Acid) but only that was doing so much. If I had done my research *slaps self on wrist as I usually research every ingredient before I buy something* I would have discovered that this contains
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, a highly comedogenic ingredient. Being the first ingredient means for blemish prone skin types like myself, this really is a no go. As soon as I stopped using this my face cleared up and my skin was finally back to normal. 

Even after this gave me the worst break out I've ever had I still highly rate this cleanser because hands down its a simple cleanser that thoroughly cleans the skin and removes every last scarp of make up/skincare while still being completely gentle. So if you don't have blemish prone skin I would highly recommend this. I've searched and searched for reviews and I can only find a handful of people who've had a negative experience with this.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013


Until a few weeks ago I'd not heard much about Clinique eyeshadows, then this popped up on a VDM video and one of their shades quickly made its way to the top of my wishlist. The next time I was in town I made a beeline for the Clinique counter and this perfect Autumn shade found its way into my collection.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013


Bourjois have recently jumped on the cream eyeshadow bandwagon and released their own version, a cream to powder formula with a twenty four hour wear claim. Being a fan of cream eyeshadows I quickly picked one up, only to be left a little disappointed.