24.7.10

Dior Show Mascara - Worth the hype?

I usually don't get sucked up into luxury brands, but this was something that came along a Dior palette I got a while back.

I had heard quite a bit about this mascara before and was pretty excited to test it out!

I have to say the packaging is pretty meh. I mean for the hefty price you pay for this, you would expect something very 'Chanelisque'. It's in fact a very light weight convenient packaging.

The brush that comes out from this tiny container is gigantic. It's pretty fat and you have to get used to handling this beneath your eyelashes. I like my precise wands, where I know exactly which lash I am coating, so it took me a while to get used to it.

You know how some mascara's are simply 'Woah!' on first application and some you have to really work with to get those results, well this is simply Woah!

It transformed my not so visible lashes..


to baam! in seconds..

I really like the result you know. It does not clump, elongates and separates quite well too. What I adore about this is its ability to add volume to the lashes which I struggle to find with mascaras.

The formula of this mascara is very waxy and thick, so less chances of making a mess with it. I have the shade Noir Black, which looks grey in the tube but applies an intense black and stays on the entire day without budging on me! The black could have been more intense though.

A full sized version would cost you around £20 I believe. I like my mascara's and if they are flat or don't give me dramatic results in seconds, they end up unused.

So I would definitely pay £20 for a mascara which actually delivers results than stacking a tonne of cheapy ones, that end up at the bottom of my train case.

Totally worth the hype I would say.

23.7.10

Proactiv - a cure for acne? p.s. nerdy post ahead!

My sister usually suffers from acne, by that I don't mean ocassioanal breakouts. Her skin is usually covered with blemishes, acne and all sorts of spots all time of the year. I hardly ever see her skin clear.

Now there may be other products in the market which could have cured her acne but she never really bothered until she tried this Proactiv kit. It's been more than a month now, almost two since she has been using this kit continuously and it has actually made a huge difference in the appearance of her skin hence the post.

What I found different in this kit was that all the products contain Salicylic acid. Basically acne is formed when the skin cells beneath the hair follicles shed too quickly and cause acne to erupt. Salicylic acid is meant to slow down the shedding, prevent clogging and consequently reduce acne, blackheads and whiteheads. Simple?

I myself am prone to occasional breakouts, but I did not use this kit is because I have dry-sensitive skin and the contents of Proactiv did not really suit my skin type. It made my skin overtly dry to handle. What I understand is that its meant for people who suffer from spots and acne severely as compared to occasionally, get it?

She used 5 products in total. A cleanser, toner, day lotion, night lotion and a refining mask.

The first four products she used every single day and the mask, only occasionally.

Renewing Cleanser: This is one of its best products in my opinion. It is gentle, yet exfoliating and the tiny beads really do seem to result in a clean face after use. It of course removes makeup from the skin and leaves you with fresh baby soft skin after. This is one of the main products which she found the most helpful in improving her overall skin texture.

Revitalising Toner: This again is very gentle in formulation. What she found was it soothes her skin after using the cleanser and removes any traces of impurities and leaves skin feeling quite pleasant. You can opt this one out if you want, but I myself love using toners as they do actually work when used regularly.

Repairing Day Lotion: This is a light lotion which is meant to prevent breakouts throughout the day, keep the oil under control and help to dry blemishes. It does what it says of course but she found it slightly drying and there were times when it lead to dry patches being visible on the skin after use. This does slightly sting as well but the feeling fades away soon. I would recommend using another moisturiser alongside this.

Repairing Night Lotion: This is another of their best products from the kit. Its nicely moisturising yet contains Salicylic acid and Retinol that prevent the occurrence of breakouts and reduce the appearance of pore size. I would suggest using this in the day as well, as it works just as good as the day lotion but provides more hydration to the skin. She found this highly effective as it did prevent breakouts that she would otherwise wake up with in the morning

Refining Mask: This mask contains Sulphur that penetrates pores to prevent the root cause of blemishes and Kaolin which absorbs excess oils from the skin surface. This would be effective when your skin is behaving badly or when you have a spot that you want to treat overnight for a special occasion as it really does work at drying it out. I have to say she did find this slightly drying, so I would suggest using this in times of dire need or use it as a spot treatment sparingly.

To sum it up, Proactiv Solutions is quite a good kit to try if you have always been struggling with constant blemishes, spots and acne. It does really work, as I have seen quite a difference in my sisters skin condition in these few months. She does not suffer from acne now and her overall skin texture has improved. She does have those occasional spots and blemishes though. It has also not removed her whiteheads completely - I guess it only works for blemishes and acne, not quite so well for whiteheads.

Keep in mind, unless you use products for 25 days in a row, you wont be able to tell if its worked for you or not. Give it 25 days if you're in your 20's, 35 days if you're in your 30's and so on. Also I would not recommend this to those who have combination-dry or dry-sensitive skin types. Only try this if you have combination-oily or oily skin. Make sure you know what your skin type is before you try out skin care products.

The five products will last you 6 months or more and you can get all the 5 products for around £50 I believe. Pretty reasonable eh?


Disclaimer: The products in this post were provided by the company PR for consideration.

22.7.10

Rain and Sauce?

I know! Even I don't quite understand what rain and sauce have to do with each other. I guess Eyeko was just trying to introduce two contrasting shades to spice it up!

and they did quite well I have to say. The colors look very tempting without a doubt.

Rain Polish is ultimately made for the London weather. Nothing can better represent the city. Yes, the red pretty much looks like sauce in the bottle and applies like sauce too, I mean color-wise of course.

Eyeko did take note of customers moaning about the overtly thick formula and have improved the consistency to quite an extent. The red applies like a dream but for some reason the blue one still consists of the thicker formula.

However, the smokey grey-blue reminding us of the clouds and the rain has won my heart somehow. Maybe I don't have a similar color that's why. But it is quite a unique one to be honest. Reminds me of YSL's Fard Lumiere in Amethyst Grey.

In short, grab the Rain Polish I would say, quite a gem it is. The Saucy Polish is a stunning red if you don't own one yet, as its consistency and color pay off is worth the money spent.

Eyeko never lets me get bored you know, it always strikes the right chord with nail paints. Cute and classy!

20.7.10

Tin o 'Tint - Get runway lips in a jiffy

I don't really know about you guys but I really like the idea of cute little tins of lip gloss or balms.

There's something about them that always inclines me towards them. The super cute designs, colorful graphics or the need to apply them with fingers - there's something child-like about them, don't you agree?

Hence I got really excited when I received Miner's Tin o'Tint's in the post, oh-so-delighted to dip my fingers into them!

I don't have any hygiene issues with these as long as I am the only one using them. I in fact love using my fingers to apply lip products. I even end up blending my lipstick with my fingers eventually.

They come in three shades, Vanilla, Cherry and Watermelon. Ain't they delicious?

I am loving the way the rounded containers have been designed, a bit different from your usual drug store lip balms.


Each of them has a scent of its own depending on the flavour it's supposed to be. My sister thought the vanilla one smelt like a candle, whatever that means?

I think the vanilla one smells divine, I am not a fan of fruity smells otherwise.

However on application, my favourite are watermelon and cherry, hands down. I don't use lipsticks daily as I hate them drying my lips, making them appear flaky or getting into the cracks of the lips.

These on the other hand are a delight to use. They go on smoothly without clinging to dry patches. The finish is like the subtle glossy mouths you would see on the runway, and the pigmentation is better than most lip products really!

You can apply one swipe for a stained lip but I like to dig in and apply loads for a cherry mouth.

As you can see, Cherry and Watermelon suit my skin tone the best hence I am totally in love with them especially when priced at £2.99!


Vanilla is good too, it gives a milky nude-pink finish, which would flatter fairer skin tones and would be lovely to tone down your lip color for a quick nude lip without looking over the top.

Basically, don't expect them to have no color at all. Also, they don't have any taste to them which is something I am relieved to see.

My verdict - get them now and you will surely enjoy using them is my bet! I have to say, Miners Cosmetics don't get enough love, as they range of products always surprise me with their quality and price.

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