Tuesday, 29 July 2014

L'Oréal Paris Color Riche L'Ombre Pure Eyeshadow in Café Saint Germain.

L'Oréal Paris have brought out some great products this year... and the Color Riche L'Ombre Pure Eyeshadows are no exception.

These amazing eyeshadows are gel infused, so feel buttery soft to apply, are richly pigmented with colour, and all whilst blending like an absolute dream.

I've found myself particularly taken with Nude 201, Café Saint Germain (promise it's not just because of the cutesy name); a shimmery (but not glittery) taupe with a definitive lilac-toned frost finish to it. I prefer to apply it using my fingers rather than a brush - I really think the warmth from the fingers creates a more seamless finish. This shade is bit much for daytime on me, as it comes out super pigmented on darker skintones... so I've been using it for a PM-friendly cat eye as an all over 'lid colour, along with lashings of mascara and a lick of black liquid liner... standard.

A really great little product and I can honestly say that it's on a par with high-end eyeshadows, minus the high-end price tag... perfect excuse to buy the other 23 shades, then.

L'Oréal Paris Color Riche L'Ombre Pure Eyeshadows are priced at £5.49 each, and are available at Boots.

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Friday, 25 July 2014

The Great Summer De-Fuzz.

Ahhh summer... the female species' most dreaded season.

As the weather warms up, those scarves and thermals get shunned for skimpier clothing... it happens every year, but each and every time, I am completely unprepared for it.

Being Indian undoubtedly has its perks... long glossy hair being one of them. Unfortunately the thick black hair does not just sit on top of my head...

That scarf I mentioned? Well it conveniently hides my 'tache during the winter months.

Those thermals? Pretty handy when I've got enough hair on my legs for a bird to nest in.

So today's topic is the somewhat taboo subject of de-fuzzing those fuzzy bits. Yep, it's not glamorous in the slightest... but boy, oh boy is it necessary.

First up... let's tackle the 'tache, shall we?

Jolen Crème Bleach is a cream and powder which you mix together, and the resulting product lightens dark hair in ten minutes flat. I'm pretty stuck in my ways that when it comes to the face, waxing and threading should be kept to the eyebrows, as elsewhere as it becomes something of a vicious cycle of stubborn regrowth and hair removal. Jolen simply lightens the hair without the chance of darker, thicker hair coming back in its place. I use the Mild Formula, which contains aloe vera to reduce irritation to skin.

Next up... time to tackle those hairy limbs.

When it comes to my arms, I tend to epilate the hair - this is where hair is plucked from the hair follicle. I'm not going to lie... the process is not pleasant, but as the method means hair is literally pulled out from its source, regrowth is slow and the hairs that do grow back are often much finer and softer than before... so essentially you'll end up epilating less over time.
Epilators have come a long way from those bulky things from the 80s and 90s that looked (and sounded) like some horrendous torture device and I think they're pretty good at what they do. I am yet to have found my epilator in the mountain of things I brought back home from University, so haven't photographed it above... but I use this Philips one.

Moving onto legs, and I have three options for you...

For the lady in a hurry, the Nair Shower Power Cream* is your friend, as it removes hair in under ten minutes, and has been formulated to get rid of hair whilst staying on your legs during your shower... clever, huh? It doesn't have the God-awful smell of some of the early hair removal creams *shudders* and is enriched with argan and jojoba (sidenote... how on earth do you pronounce that?) oils along with cocoa butter to ensure you're left with silky smooth legs once you've washed it off.

If shaving is your thing, the Wilkinson Sword Quattro Disposables* are really great little razors, which contain 4 blades for a seriously smooth shave. The razor head contains a lubricating strip enriched with a papaya and pearl complex to make sure your legs are left silky and smooth after your shave. I really like this product, and find I don't get as much of that awkward too-short-to-shave-again stubble on days between shaving, and I think it's down to the close and smooth shave this razor gives. Plus it's disposable, so no faffing around with buying pricey razor heads once it becomes blunt... simply throw it away and pick up a new one.

For those with a little more prep time on their hands, the Nair Body Wax Strips* are another option. If you're anything like me, the idea of a home job with hot wax along with an ever so slightly clumsy disposition pretty much makes a recipe for disaster. These strips are ready with wax already on them, and the wax is warmed with the rubbing action required to peel the strips apart, and also when the strips are applied to the skin (having used the pre-waxing wipe prior to applying the strip). These provide a convenient way to remove the hair in the comfort of your own home... I do think a professional wax will yield a much better result, but if you're on a budget, these provide a pretty decent alternative. I usually find I have to go over areas the strips have missed with a razor afterwards, though, so personally I'd always opt for shaving over the wax strips

Finally... down there. And nope, I make no apologies for mentioning it because it's definitely something of an issue come swimwear season. Having said this, I am a total wimp when it comes to waxing around that area...

Enter the Wilkinson Sward Quattro for Women Bikini Razor, which combines a battery powered trimmer and a razor to ensure you're bikini ready all year round. I think this is a really nifty little gadget which makes personal grooming a whole lot easier, as well as far less painful.

Consider me de-fuzzed, I'm off outside in the shortest shorts I own.

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Quick Fix Facials.

I feel as though I always start my review posts with an excuse as to why I bought the product I'm writing about... I might as well carry on with this recurring theme.

About a month ago, I was doing my weekly online shop at Tesco... unfortunately I was a couple of quid short of the £25 minimum spend, so rather than stocking up on some naughty sweet treats, I headed over to the Health & Beauty section and selected a cheap and cheerful face mask by a brand I'd never heard of... Quick Fix Facials. From a quick glance at the product description, I was pretty impressed at the ingredients, which seemed more akin to a high-end product than a mere supermarket one. I chose the Exfoliating Scrub Mask, targeted at skin with blocked pores and blackheads (...the pictures are probably something of a spoiler here, seeing as you may have noticed I now have a further 2 products in my Quick Fix collection).

The mask contains Pink Rose Clay, Glycolic Acid and Pomegranate, which work together to remove stubborn blocked pores, as well as reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and scarring. I have to say the difference before and after use was pretty amazing - my skin felt less congested and looked so much smoother and brighter. I now use the Exfoliating Mask 2-3 times a week and can honestly say it's one of the best face masks I've ever tried. The product claims to have ten facials within it, but I'm pretty sure I've used it more than ten times and still have a hefty amount of product left in the tube... but the real humdinger? It's only £4.99... what's not to love?!

I've since added the Anti-Blemish Mud Mask and the Mega Moisture Gel Mask to my beauty product stash, and whilst I'm yet to have tried the latter of the two, the Anti-Blemish Mud Mask has also seriously impressed me. Its ingredients of tea tree oil, salicylic acid and dead sea mud provide the perfect blemish-fighting cocktail to clear pores, control excess oil production and stop the formation of spots, and I've found it to be great as a targeted treatment to clear an existing spot up as quickly as possible.

With Hyaluronic Acid in its formula, I'm kinda sorta hoping the Mega Moisture Gel Mask is a dupe of the hugely expensive Origins Drink Up Overnight Intensive Mask, and I'll be praying to the beauty gods that when I get my hands on the Purifying Charcoal Mask it'll be a lot like the Origins Clear Improvement Activated Charcoal Mask.

Fingers (and toes) crossed...

Quick Fix Facials are available at Tesco and Boots.

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Summer Fragrance Giveaway.

Jean Paul Gaultier's latest limited edition perfume has just dropped... and it's an absolute beauty.

Classique Summer 2014* is a gorgeous new fragrance, featuring fruity top notes of tangerine, lemon, rose and orange blossom with floral base and heart notes including jasmine, ylang-ylang and vanilla (this description is making me rather peckish... is that weird?).

If I had to describe this scent in 3 words, I'd go with fruity, floral and fresh, making it a pretty damn perfect summer scent.

Whilst I love the scent, I have to say it's the amazing packaging that gives it the real wow factor... let's take a closer look, shall we?

I sense you are thinking, "Where is the bloomin' bottle?" ... well let me show you.

Altogether now... "oooooooh!"


The fragrance is housed in Jean Paul Gautier's signature corset bottle - with the 2014 summer scent's bottle adorned with starfish, coral and a mermaid.

I absolutely adore this fragrance...  and I'd love for one of you ladies to have the opportunity to try it too!

I'm giving away one bottle of Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Summer 2014 EDT (100ml) - to enter this giveaway, all you have to do is log into the Rafflecopter below - you must follow me on Twitter and have tweeted about the giveaway in order for your entry to be valid. You can also like the blog Facebook page, follow on Bloglovin and follow me on Instagram for an extra 3 entries!

The giveaway closes on 16 August 2014, and I will share the name of the lucky winner on my social media pages the next day.

Unfortunately I can only offer this giveaway to UK residents... sorry international readers, but if you'd like to purchase the fragrance for yourself, click here.

Good luck!

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*PR Sample

Saturday, 12 July 2014

The Healthy Sweet Treat.

If you don't know me personally, chances are you have no idea that I happen to be the (not-so-proud) owner of the world's biggest sweet tooth.

I could honestly eat chocolate and Tangfastics until they are pouring out of my ears... and it's not great for my skin or my waist-line.

Enter NAKD bars, which I discovered late last year and have been completely addicted to ever since.

NAKD bars are gluten, wheat and artificial sugar free... and are bloomin' tasty as anything. They come in a host of flavours, but my favourite are, of course, the cocoa ones. Cocoa Crunch is probably my number 1 pick, but there's also Cocoa Orange, Cocoa Mint and Cocoa Delight to tempt you with. When I feel a chocolate craving coming on (which, let's face it, is most days for me) I reach for one of these and find my craving completely satisfied.

Sceptical as to how these little bars taste as good as the real thing? Well, they're made entirely of dried fruit and nuts along with a pinch of cocoa to give a hint of chocolatey flavour... there's absolutely no dairy used to create this taste, so not only are they vegetarian friendly, they're vegan friendly too!

One NAKD bar is under 150 calories... take into account that one small bar of Dairy Milk is 260 calories, and chances are you probably won't just eat one little bar (or is that just me?). So they're a heck of a lot better when you're trying to keep an eye on what you eat whilst still tasting like a yummy treat!

Personally, I'm convinced there's a link between high consumption of artificial sugar and dairy with acne (watch this for more information), and the healthy fats in the nuts used in NAKD bars also happen to be rather fantastic for keeping your skin smooth and clear.

Have I convinced you that there is such a thing as a healthy sweet treat now?

To find out more about NAKD bars, click here.

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