Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque

Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque liquid lipstick

Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque liquid lipstickBourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque liquid lipstick

Bourjois has released a shinier alternative to their beloved Velvet Lipstick with a range named ‘Aqua Laque’ promising some punchy shine, as demonstrated by their slightly altered packaging (which I love!) The bottles have remained squared and with a super pillowy applicator.

There are 8 shades available covering all your classic lip colours, from peach to red to fushcia. I picked up the shade Rose On The Rocks which is described as a natural rose, and Feeling Reddy – a ‘fiery orange red’.

It is a gloss which is something I usually avoid. However these are not sticky in the slightest, and uber hydrating. It’s like applying water infused with goodies to your lips. One thing I have found is they’re not very long lasting and so top up is necessary fairly regularly – do not expect these to stay on your lips. But if you’re the kind of girl who’s more of a lip balm user on a day to day basis and you’re used to (and feel addicted to…) the reoccurring application these may offer you the same benefits with a punch of colour.

The red leaves behind a stain on the lips as the gloss fades away, which is welcomed if you’re having a night out and don’t want to be faffing, and you don’t need to worry about it bleeding or getting all over your face. However, I do find that it applies quite unevenly.

I have been reaching for the nude almost every day and I adore the shade and the formula. I’ve also been wearing it above the shade Nude-ist from the original Velvet Lipstick line, which gives a combination of long lasting colour, hydration and shine.

I have my eye on a couple more shades from this line… I may have been dragged away from my matte lipsticks!


Mac Whirl & Velvet Teddy: Worth The Hype?

Mac Whirl Lip Liner and Mac Velvet Teddy Mac Whirl Lip Liner and Mac Velvet Teddy Mac Whirl Lip Liner and Mac Velvet Teddy

(Left: Velvet Teddy. Right: Whirl)

2014 in the make-up world was the year of the Kylie Jenner lip. Make-up lovers ventured on a hunt to recreate her big, pillowy nude lips, drifting between pink, to mauve, to brown. Mac counters were swarmed, and many lipsticks and liners went out of stock for months at a time.

I managed to pick up Velvet Teddy pretty quickly which has become my all-time favourite lipstick. I wear it practically everyday, it’s brown tones suit me perfectly. Despite an array on dupes being promoted over Pinterest, Instagram and blogs – non have ever compared to this. It’s matte formula promises to stay on my lips and require little touch up – not only lasting a long time but fading evenly. If you’re lips are very dry I find it can highlight it a little but this is expected with matte formulas. Absolutely love – so much that I’m on my second tube! Worth the hype.

Getting my hands on the Whirl lipstick took a whole while longer and the email to say it was back in stock was a sigh of relief. It is described as ‘dusty pink’ which I do not find to be true – it is definitely much browner and more purple. Used as a lip liner – it does exactly what it says on the tin, defining and a little over lining can cheat a set of big lips, but part of the appeal of this liner was that you could wear it on it’s own all over the lip to recreate the iconic look – but I actually find it very difficult to wear this way. I find it very drying and it makes your lips look wrinkly and just not attractive, for me at least. I have actually found better alternatives for the Kylie Jenner lip in the drugstore – such as Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lipliner in Tiramisu which is quite brown, or if you prefer something a little more true to mauve/dusty pink there is the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob, which I absolutely love. Both, particularly the latter, have much less drying formulas and are a lot easy on the purse. Whirl is not worth the hype.

Have you tried any of these products? How do you feel about them? Let me know in the comments!

Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream

Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream

I’ll admit it, I’m a skincare hoarder. I particularly enjoy trying new cleansers and I seem to be developing quite a little collection! After I fell in love with The Body Shop’s Chamomile Cleansers, I couldn’t resist picking this one up and giving it a go.

This cleanser has quickly become my favourite for morning skincare. It has a super creamy texture which feels so nice to apply to the skin, and isn’t foaming like I was worried it would be. The phrase ‘deep cleanse’ can sometimes go two ways, and luckily this one doesn’t lean towards being stripping or leaving you squeaky.

It has a scent which really forces you to wake up – it smells exactly like refreshers! (You know the sweets I mean?) This may be a little scary to those who are sensitive to scented products. I will add that it doesn’t smell artificial, which it wouldn’t be as the product is 100% natural, but more like the combination of plants in it’s formulation have resulted in such a delicious coincidence. There is also a very gentle tingling and cooling sensation when removed, particularly if there is a breeze or waft of air. So ‘refreshing’! It really does help on those groggy mornings or if your skin is feeling a little bit too heavy.

I’ve also found it really helps to prevent my excessive oil production. Sometimes when a cleanser or product does this, my oil glands really push back and a few hours or days of use later it’s worse than it ever has been before. Not with this, it simply seems to slow down oil production and keep you a little less shiny throughout the day. It seems like a super-product for oily skinned gals like me.

It does a good job of removing face make-up but make sure to keep it away from your eyes, it stings a lot. Learn from me on that one! It would work much better as a second cleanse or how I like it, in a morning.

I feel as though the product will last forever, only a tiny amount is needed at each application and the bottle seems huge  – which is a plus in my eyes! There’s nothing I hate more than when a product I love seems to disappear as I sleep.

Have you tried any of the Burt’s Bees skincare? What do you recommend? Anything you suggest to keep away from? Let me know in the comments below!

Remember Those Cheap Sachet Masks? Well…

superdrug face mask

I’m sure everybody can remember those Saturday night sleepovers as a kid, where you wore pajamas and watched crappy films and chatted all night. I bet you also remember masks such as the ones above (x, x, x) being involved more often than not. As we grow older and become more knowledgeable of skincare – what’s good for our skin, what isn’t, what works and what doesn’t – we often find ourselves reaching for products which start to hurt a little when you pass over your card to purchase. “£60 for a face mask?! Well, if it works…” and we begin to distrust what costs  pennies to buy.

I don’t think this is a bad thing. I agree that an increased price tag often results in increased results, but should we step away from what is easily affordable so quickly?

I was in Superdrug picking up a couple things when I passed in front of the sachet face mask stand. It was quite a nostalgic feeling that passed over, and for 3 for £2 deal on I couldn’t resist picking a few up.

The first one I tried was the Chocolate Orange Self-Heating Mask, which filled me with dread the second it opened. Deep brown oozed from the tear in the packet and an overwhelming chocolately smell filled the room. I debated for a few seconds whether I was going to put something which looked more like a snack than a cosmetic onto for my face, then decided to go for it. It gently warmed as I applied it to my skin and felt very comfortable to wear with absolutely no tightness. As I washed it away I didn’t notice much difference, a little softer feeling sure, but nothing that blew me away. But for £1 the added softness seemed worth it. The real surprise was by morning, I suffer with redness on my cheeks and my face looked distinctively more even toned as I looked into the bathroom mirror. The severity to changes from meh to bad, so it could be put down to coincidence – but my skin looked the most even  in tone it had in years – not bad for a quid!

Excitedly I gave the Yoghurt Smoothie Mask a go, which looks and smells exactly like some sort of fruity yoghurt. This sat on my skin and it’s super sloppy texture had me worried it was going to fall off my face and onto bedding or carpet, but instead it began to dry down a little. When rinsed away my skin felt very soft, very smooth and lightly hydrated – with my pores looking a little bit tightened. This is probably my favourite from the bunch and actually beats other short-stay moisture masks I have tried which are many, many multiples of the price.

Finally is the Manuka Honey Peel-Off Mask, I must admit this was purchased on a novelty basis. Peel-off masks are just so fun! I don’t know how they’re managing it with these masks but they actually look and smell exactly how they are named, even the texture is exact. The smell of honey was pretty strong, and the running-yet-sticky texture slightly difficult to work with and apply to the face. However, it did leave the face feeling softer and very hydrated (but not greasy) and managed to suppress those little tiny spots, reducing their redness and aggravation.

I think that with more expensive products you can find results with more of a wow factor, but what is available for cheaper can sometimes do great things – without the hefty price tag. If your skin is in the need of a little boost one day, maybe have a look at what’s available in your local drugstore for a fraction of the cost, you might be surprised as what they can achieve.

Do you still use sachet masks? What’s your favourite one? I’m inspired to try more so leave me comments below!