Sunday, 24 February 2013


A couple of weeks ago the time had come for me to buy a new mascara after my beloved Maybelline The Falsies had run dry, so I decided to go with the hype and try Maybelline's The Rocket Volum' Express. Believe me this mascara is absolutely worth the hype I fell in love with it instantly!

Normally I don't like plastic brushes as they seem to generally not work as well as fibre brushes however with this mascara It does not seem to bother me as much as I feel like it gives just as good results as a fibre brush maybe even better! The only downside I have found with this brush is that it is quite fat which can make it difficult in getting the really small lashes but I barely notice it so I think if you can get over that fact then you will surely love this mascara as much as I do.


The main thing that I look for in a mascara is volume that is my main priority, some go for length I personally prefer more volume than length on my lashes, this is why this mascara is perfect for me as you can see it gives a lot of volume and length (which is an added bonus!). I chose to get the waterproof version as for years now I have had the problem of my mascara literally melting off my eyelashes throughout the day which is tremendously annoying! For some crazy reason I never thought to try a waterproof mascara and now I have I am never going back, it stayed on all day and didn't smudge underneath my eyes.

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Without mascara
With mascara

What is your favourite mascara? I'd love to try some new ones!

Monday, 4 February 2013


Recently, I was early for a train to visit le boyf. This oh so obviously led to a trip into the huge boots in my town. I had been toying with the idea of purchasing Effaclar Duo, as it has been raved about across the blogosphere. I caved. But all is not lost! At my local boots, they had a deal on all the La Roche-Posay Effaclar line, which involved buying two products for only £15. How could I say no! This meant that I simply had to purchase something else, and I settled on the Lotion Astringent Micro-Exfoliant.


Effaclar Duo - £13

Astringent - £11

I suffer from a lot of hyperpigmentation after I get an outbreak of dreaded spots, and so I really wanted to try the Effaclar Duo to see whether it would help. I am pleased to report that this is truly worth the hype, and I might even consider it a Holy Grail product! It glides on so smoothly onto the skin, and you only need a small blob to cover the entire face. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and smooth and even after only using it for just over a fortnight, it has already improved the state of my skin dramatically! As well as this, it smells delightfully of roses, which i personally love. All I can say about this is that if you are on the fence about this purchase, jump straight off and run to Boots now!

The Astringent claims to “unblock and reduce the appearance of pore size.” I have to admit, I haven’t consciously noticed a difference in the state of my pores, but I haven’t really been paying too much attention to be honest. When applied as a toner, it feels refreshing and cooling and also has the same lovely scent of roses. Again, hardly any product is needed to cover the face, making both these products fantastic value for money.  But I am still not sure about this product. Occasionally, it has left my face stinging after use, and I would therefore not recommend it to anyone with sensitive skin, or who has severe acne. However, for someone who gets the occasional breakout, I would say to give this product a go! I do recommend not to use it every day, morning and night, though as it contains an exfoliant LHA, which may not be so good for your skin if over used!

Friday, 1 February 2013



Looking through ASOS is always going to burn a hole in your pocket especially when there is a 20% sale and student discount which is bound to draw people in and Ella was one of those people! And because she is a very kind sister she kindly bought me some things, and in that small bundle was the Korres lip balm in quince and I have not stopped using it since I opened the box!


The smell and taste of this lip butter is to good not to love (well at least in my opinion it is anyway) and unfortunately this means that I can't help but lick it off my lips which is a bit of a problem as if I carry on like this I may end up buying another pot! It is described as 'a buttery lip balm that melts on the lips' and I can't do anything but agree, it is one of those lip balms that when you have it on you can't help but rub your lips together! If you compare it to something like the Body Shop Lip Butters where, if you have tried them you will know, they are so thick that they almost smother your lips this is nothing like that! Even though it is still quite thick it is just thick enough that it feels like it's moisturising your lips, which in these cold months in definitely something you need.

Korres lip butter - £7

The lip butter leaves a gorgeous natural pink tint to the lips which is absolutely perfect for day to day life where you just want to shove something on that will look nice and keep your lips moisturised. Hence why I keep this on me at all times and it does not leave my bag! I am definitely going to be buying more of these lip balms!

What's your favourite lip balm for this time of year?