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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Revlon Lip Butter Review

I'm pretty sure that all of you by now have heard about Revlon's new Lip Butters and how amazing they are, now usually when there is so much hype around a product I find I'm let down but not in this case, they are the best lip product I've ever tried!!

They don't officially release in the UK until the 14th of March (my birthday, thanks Revlon) so if your impatient like me you're going to have to get them of ebay, the seller I used onelasttouch as the whole selection of shades and delivery was super fast.

The two I got are: Strawberry Shortcake, a medium neutral pink & Red Velvet, a dark blood red but I liked most of the shades and will be getting more.

These are essentially marketed as a tinted lip balm but I would say a sheer, moisturising lipstick is a more fitting description. They provide a sheer, juicy slick of colour and a moisturising feel while still feeling light and non greasy.
They are also fragrance free which I think is a bonus.

One negative point is that they are incredibly soft so the tube can get quite messy but it's something I can live with because the actual product is great.

If you suffer with dry lips but love wearing colour on them like me than you will adore this product  and should rush out and buy some when they are released next month as I predict these will sell out fast!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Express Treatment Conditioner Review

Let me begin by giving you a bit of backstory on my hair: naturally I have dark blonde hair that I abuse with bleach every 8 weeks, this makes my already dry hair even drier.
Add to that a generous amount of frizz and what you have is what I can only describe as pubes hot glued to my head, I dread washing and drying it cause it's such a long process and I'm always looking for product that add moisture and manageability.

Normal conditioner aren't enough so I have to resort to using a more intensive formula, I got a sample of this in a magazine and didn't think it would do much but it's actually perfect as a daily treatment.
It claims to be an 60 second intensive treatment which might work on thinner hair but on my thick, coarse barnet it's not strong enough,what it does do is provide moisture without making my roots flat and detangles my hair so it's easy to brush.

It doesn't fully tame my frizz (nothing really does unless I straighten my hair) but my hair definitely looks less bush-like when I've used this and is generally easier to work with.
It also smells lovely and it's inexpensive, it's usually priced around the £3 mark but I stocked up while it was on offer so I think I paid £1.79 and bought 3 tubes.

What are your favourite conditioners?

Monday, 13 February 2012

Feelunique January Box 2012

I'm very sad that this will be the last Feelunique box has they have decided to withdraw the service as they feel there is a better way to deliver these kinda sample boxes so they are better suited to each individual.
They are however working on a newand improved service which should be released in the up-coming months.
I actually really like this months box and was impressed with most of the products.

Elemis Lime and Ginger Hand and Body Wash

I love this product and have used it before, a little bit expensive for what it is but it smells amazing and cleanses the skin well without drying it out.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

I've always been intrigued by this product as it promises to add shine and elasticity to the hair but it's a pre-shampoo treatment so surely it's effects will be rinsed down the drain the second I wash the product out, right? Well I was wrong it actually does work and does a pretty good job at making my hair feel more manageable and look in better condition, it's quite expensive though so I'm not too sure I would purchase this that often as I would rather spend that sort of money on a nice hair oil which I can use as a pre- shampoo treatment but also as a styling aid.

Decleor Phytopeel Face Peel Cream 

This product is one I'm not sure I get, you pop a small amount on your dry face and rub until it sort of "balls up" on your skin. I found it dragged my skin quite a bit and didn't make it feel smooth like all my other scrubs.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil

I adore this product! It smells and feels very similar to the NARS one but at a much cheaper price. I will be buying a full size and keeping this little bottle for my holidays.

Leighton Denny High Performance Color

As some of you might know from previous posts I'm not a fan of Leighton Denny polishes however I was pleasantly surprised with this one.  I don't know if it's the colour (Viva La Diva) or if the mini sized bottles are better quality or what but it went on smoothly and dried quickly.

They also included a sample of the new Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance for men called Kokorico. It's quite nice actually, smells like spicy bitter chocolate with an hint of woody notes.

Are you sad to see the Feelunique beauty box go?

GlossyBox Valentines Day 2012

This month GlossyBox is Valentines Day themed and looks very pretty in it's hot pink box but I wasn't so impressed with the contents, like I've said before these boxes are hit and miss as you cannot guarantee that you're going to love everything.

Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer - Dewy Finish

This is the product that immediately caught my attention when I opened the box but after trying it a few times I'm not that impressed. The product is tinted a sort of tan colour and with me being so pale it showed up on my skin and looked like I'd used the wrong shade of foundation, it's also marketed as providing a dewy finish but I found it left my skin looking far more matte than usual.

Clarins Extra Firming Day & Clarins Extra Firming Night Cream

These would be perfect for a mature, drier skin type but on me they are wasted. The texture is really creamy and it feels nourishing on the skin but it's far to heavy on my combination skin type and my skin felt congested after using these two days in a row. Nice but not for me.

Fab Body Moisturiser

Not keen on this for quite a few reasons. I'm not a big fan of body moisturisers to begin with as I'm quite lazy and slapping a cream on after I shower feels like a chore so it as to be an amazing product for me to be motivated enough to use it.
This just felt really basic, there's no scent to it and texture wise it seemed to just sit on my skin and not get absorbed, there's better products out there in my opinion.

Eyko Skinny Liner - Midnight Blue

I've not tried this purely because I only ever use black or brown liner and this one is  a deep navy blue. I know a lot of people got the pale pink shade which I would have prefered as it would have been perfect to brighten the waterline.

BTW the sweet that they included was so delicious that it almost didn't make the picture, I'd almost unwrapped it when I remembered it was probably a good idea to take a photo first, lol.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Bad Sales Assistant Rant!!

So the other day I made my way over to the Laura Mercier counter in Selfridges to check out the Silk Creme Foundation as I'd heard good things about it, I found the testers and located 2 shades that could possibly work with my skin colouring and proceeded to place a drop of each on my wrist to check which one suited me the best. Obviously it would have been a lot better if I could have tried it on my face but there was no mirror and the 2 sales assistants who worked there were pretending they hadn't saw me.

I asked the one closest to me which one would suit me best and she replied "the pinkier one would suit you best because your pale". I cannot tell you how many times I've heard that statement and how much it annoys me because I don't have a single trace of pink in my skin, yes I'm pale but my skin is very yellow based and I have no desire to place pink foundation on top of it so I can look flushed the whole day.
Pale skin does not equal pink, it comes in all different undertones!

She handed me the bottle back and proceeded to resume her conversation with her colleague, rude bitch never even attempted to swatch the foundation on my skin. I'm your potential customer, therefore money in the till and since this time of the year is quiet you would think they would be glad of the sale but she was far more interested in discussing what she was up to on the weekend. WTF if you can't be arsed to do your job properly then maybe, just maybe it's time to look for a new one!!

Now clearly I'd made my mind up that there's no fucking way I'm giving these arseholes my money even if the foundation turned out to be amazeballs, so the idea is to get a sample and buy the foundation online if I end up liking it.

Did they give me a sample? Yes but only after they looked m up and down and huffed and puffed the whole way trough it. What is you problem? No wonder that counter is always dead because if this is their attitude with everyone then I'm not surprised. It's a fucking sample and guess what it's not coming out of your wages if you give me one, if I'm gonna pay £33 on a foundation I want to be sure it suits me especially when you can't be bothered to check the colour match properly in the first place!!

I was fuming when I left the counter and I had to question myself why do some sales assistants behave this way? You work for an higher end prestige skincare and make-up brand but that doesn't make you fancy, you don't own the company, you are still retail and your job is to serve the customer and do it with a smile even if your having a bad day, I mean that what you are getting paid for! Might I recommend a job were you don't have to deal with people!

I know some people come in week after week to just get samples (I work in retail too, we all have them) but don't act like you've stepped in shit when someone is genuinely interested in your products and don't moan afterwards that you've had a bad day and taken no money cause it's your crappy attitude that's caused it.

BTW the foundation sucked in more ways than one, my face was left so dry that I had to go out and buy a thicker moisturiser and it was super cakey and felt heavy on my skin.

Have any of you had bad experiences at a counter and if so which one was it (come on, we all want to know) and what happened?