4.6.10

Don't go on the price, give it a try will ya?

This would be shocking to some but this is my first ever ELF haul. Even after hearing so many praises about its cheap yet effective products, I couldn't get to buying any of it. To be honest, the only reason preventing me from from a purchase was that this was a low end brand.

Not in a bad way, but you know how sometimes we have a preconception about cheaper products being low in quality and all, that's what I suffered from, the 'Pretentious Syndrome' I like to call it.

Tone Correcting Concealer (£1.50) - I got this in Apricot Beige which is medium pink-beige color. It looks pretty light but somehow blends seamlessly into my complexion.

It blends really well, sets quickly, has an illuminating finish to it which is why I would compare this to MAC's Moisture Cover Concealer. You can pat it to blend or simply swipe it around the eyes, anyway it provides pretty decent coverage.

It did not get into my fine lines as badly as some Bobbi Brown Concealers so I would rate this higher for sure. You would need to re-apply after a few hours but that's fine with me. On the whole, amazing product for the price.

This seems pretty similar to NW25 in my opinion. You can 4 of these to mix and match the shades and still not exceed the price of MAC's Moisture Cover. Grab it!

Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter (£3.50) - I know, I kinda went bonkers buying concealers. I am obsessed with them and love to try different ones to mix and match them for how I like. This ones in glow/light and it is too light for me as you can probably see above.

Funnily enough, light concealers should turn grey or ashy on darker skin tones, but this just looks 'light' on me, not 'grey'. Again it is a light pink-beige that covers pretty well. This one is illuminating too bu dries to a matte finish later.

The highlighter part is pretty useless as its absurdly light for anyone to work with. However adding a tiny dot over your concealer will help you achieve the Kim K bright under eyes. Not as good as the tone correcting concealer but definitely worth a try for the price.

Mineral Eyeshadow Primer (£3) - My UDPP has dried out since I cut the tube and transferred it into a jar. I mean can't then simply make a tube instead? Argh! Anyways, so I am on the search for another primer which led me to buying this.

This one in texture is a hybrid of UDPP and Two Faced shadow insurance. Not to greasy, neither too dry - just about perfect. It leaves a flesh toned hint on the lids and evens them out leaving them looking slightly glossy.

Blending was surely a dream with this product beneath. Much more easier than UDPP I would say. The best thing about this was that it did not let my eye shadows crease. Creasing eye shadows are my pet peeve!

My eye shadows did however fade after a few hours and the colors initially did not show up as vibrant as I would like. On the whole, it is brilliant for every day use, cheap and efficient. Give this a try for sure gurlies.

As you can probably guess I did have a pretty good experience with ELF. My only complaint would be less quantity of products in the containers and less yellow based concealers.

It is value for money though. You can get so many products for such less prices!

Lesson learnt. Don't judge a brand by its price tag.

Anything you'd like me to try/review from ELF? I would love to know.

1.6.10

Rituals - Tao Bath & Body Range

I was recently invited to a press launch of Rituals Tao Bath and Body range by the lovely Emily. I have to say it was a great atmosphere created at the Soho House and everything seemed so much in sync with the products, calm and serene. We were sent off with the products seen above. I am not simply advertising them for the sake of it, but because I genuinely found them interesting.

Here we have a a Wu Wei Bath Foam, a Wai Wang Body Exfoliating Cream and a Yin Bed and Body Mist.

The Bath Foam (£10.50) is enriched with calming white lotus and green tea. First of all, I love the packaging. The lid design is so innovative! The product itself smells divine and relaxing. This is a fluffy cream bath and it did make my skin feel really soft and supple afterwards. I mean I love the usual Dove but such luxury bath products definitely make baths a totally different experience. The price may seem steep to some but the bottle is humongous to last quite a while as a tiny bit foams up a lot.

I am kind of lazy and this was the first time ever that I indulged in a Body Exfoliating Cream (£10.50). The formulation is pretty thick and creamy as you can see above. You only need a tiny bit to exfoliate an area of your body. The thick creamy texture has fine beads in them. It's supposed to contain ultrafine Chinese Bamboo which removes dead skin cells. This one is suitable for sensitive areas on the body such as the neck and the decollete. I found the texture was the right consistency, creamy enough to moisture well and the exfoliating enough to remove dead skin cells. My skin felt really fresh and smooth after using this. You should moisturize thoroughly after using this though! Again, smells scrumptious. Totally recommended if you want to give body exfoliators a try.

This product is my favourite as I have a liking for unique products. Its a Bed and Body Mist (£12). Basically its a fragranced spray which contains Yi Yi Ren and White Lotus which is meant to stimulate sleep and meditation. The unique thing is that along with using this as a body spray you can also use this on textiles like your pillow. Spray it before going to sleep to help you relax. This does not contain Alcohol which I love, plus the smell is not overpowering like a perfume. It's like a therapeutic body spray if you know what I mean. Completely wearable during the day. I am a sucker for such calming unique smells and like to spray it ever so often. This would be kind of an extravagant purchase to be honest. Try it in the store and you may be sold ;)

The Tao range by Rituals is based on ancient Chinese Philosophy of Ying and Yang. It is all about striking a balance in life, like using such relaxing measures to counteract stress, get me?

I am really fond of this range which ranges from £6 to £12. They have such lovely pastel green packaging and deliciously smelling products. They really seem to be in sync with their company ethics which impresses me fore sure.

Some may find this kinda extravagant but to me its completely okay to indulge in luxury bath and body products once in a while and these will make a great treat. Check them out at Westfields.

www.rituals.com

uk.ritualsstore.com

30.5.10

Dawn to Dusk EOTD

With Flash

Without Flash

Just a random look I came up with whilst getting bored on the weekend. The colors such as orange, purple and blue remind me of the beautiful hues in the sky during dawn and dusk.

Products Used

- UDPP as a base.
- NYX jumbo eye pencil in Purple all over the lids
- 2True eyeshadow dazzler in No 11 as lid color
- Reddish brown shimmery color from Sleek Bohemian Palette used in the outer corner
- NYX jumbo pencil in Purple drawn lightly in the crease
- Denim Blue color created using the Sleek Bohemian Palette used to blend in the crease
- Coastal scents shimmer eyeshadow in blue used on the lower lash line
- NYX eyeshadow in nude used for brow bone highlight
- Kryolan eye pencil in dark brown used to line the upper lash line and for eyebrows
- Finish off with Clinique high lengths Mascara

By the way, I am loving Clinique's High Lengths Mascara as of now. It gives amazing seperation, lift and length to the lashes and does not clump. You have to give this a go.

Also worthy of mention are the 2True Eyeshadow Dazzlers. They are loose powder eyehadows or pigments, what ever you may call it and retail for less than £2 each!

They are super pigmented and silky and last for ages. I have used them foiled above and the color becomes even more intense that way. You can get them at Superdrug.

Hope you all enjoy the long weekend :)