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!

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!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

New in from Urban Decay is a concealer which promises to be super lightweight and natural but build-able to full coverage to hide ‘even your most scandalous flaws’. As someone with a fair few of them dotted around my face, including scars, redness, spots and dark circles, I couldn’t resist getting my hands on one.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer Review

I picked up the shade light warm, which has yellow tones. The yellow tones within the concealer help to cancel out any blue in your undereyes and fight a fatigued look, making you look a little brighter.

I find there is no noticable smell and it doesn’t irrate my usually sensitive eyes.

The packaging to be gorgeous, a simplistic design with a glass tube (I think? It may be plastic but if so they’ve fooled me), which feels very luxurious, even though the price tag doesn’t break the bank in comparison to some other options out there. I also love the applicator, which is shaped to fit perfectly around your eye and is super flexible, bending to the contours of your face.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer Review Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer Review

The first layer of this concealer on the under eye leaves you looking naturally brighter and more-awake looking, and as appropriate with the name ‘naked’ doesn’t scream “I’m wearing make-up!”, but rather that you have never missed an hours sleep, well, ever. It covers up red blemishes and spots amazingly and leaves you with naturally beautiful skin. It has a fairly matte finish which ensures me this isn’t going to slip away if your skin is on the oily side. It is wonderfully blend-able and a thinner consistency than other concealers at a similar coverage level.

Of course, this concealer also promises ‘complete coverage’. I have very deep and dark eye circles which are worse than the average person (I’m almost sure I was born with them) and I didn’t manage to build it up to a level where they were completely covered, before I started panicking about wasting product,  but in it’s defense I have never come across a concealer that can achieve that. I don’t think you’d be able to achieve a heavy, completely flawless and full coverage look with this concealer, but especially as we move into Spring and Summer I find a more natural look to be beautiful. It did manage to fully cover any blemishes I had, however. No matter the amount I applied it did not crease or settle into fine lines.

This concealer has quickly become my everyday favorite, it offers the perfect level of blemish and dark circle coverage while still looking fresh and natural, as well as being packed full with anti-aging ingredients to protect your under eyes – it’s something I will refuse to put down until I’m scraping out the last traces of product. Even then, I can predict I will be repurchasing.

Have you tried this concealer? How did you feel about it? Do you want to try it? Let me know in the comments below!