12.11.11

Once a classic, always a classic!


So lip and cheek stains were a hype when they were initially released, suffered a huge decline in the middle when people got over them but are back with a bang again due to their foolproofness (no it isn't a word!) and ease of use.

The truth is that no matter how innovative blushers become, these babies simply never go out of style!

Yes I have literally tried them in all variations and shades possibly available but have always come back to the standard reddish-plum one.

The newest addition to them is the one by The Body Shop. Now that they have been revamping their make-up lately, one automatically is driven to the rest of their offerings and if I am correct, they were the first to bring out a lip and cheek stain in the cosmetic market before Benefit starting 'tinting' their name all over the innovation.


How is it different to the ones in the market?

It's actually more of a gel consistency than a thin liquid which makes it much easier to apply and blend. It doesn't dry very quickly, giving one enough time to blend and avoids forming uneven stains. 

Also, it does not give you a very strong colour on the first application for those of you who like to go light on your blusher. I however like to build it by applying two layers for a lovely flush.

As for the colour, its more of a soft rose, than a plum-berry that others turn into. 

I am wearing it on my cheeks and lips below and love the natural, effortless look it imparts. It even looks great on bare skin, when you don't feel like slapping much on lazy days.

It's become my go-to product of choice in the past few weeks hence had to alert you guys regarding it. Most of all, it doesn't need much thought put into it and is a classic paired with crisp black liner.


What are your classic products that you always go back to?

10.11.11

Neom Organics

I have some delicious smelling products from Neom Organics just in time to pamper myself in these freezing months to come.

With the chilly winds outside and the harsh heating inside, my skin often gets really dry and although facial skin care is still manageable, caring for the body becomes a task!


The Moroccan Blush Rose Organic Body Oil(£30) to begin with is a treat to use on its own! Unlike other body oil's, it's not overtly sticky or oily so it doesn't put one off from using it frequently.

In fact the product sinks into the skin really well and quickly too, making it a strong contender to use when on the go. It contains Jojoba oil, Vitamin A & E for glowing skin.

It smells delicious, a mixture of floral and musky scents I would say as it does have a dash of Black Pepper and Lime alongside Rose for a modern twist.

And how can I go without mentioning the oh-so-convenient pump dispenser the glass bottle comes with, which makes the process much less hectic.


The Relax Candle(£37.50) comes in a very cute cardbox box and would be a great present for someone who loves their aromas.

The scent of this is primarily floral and slightly woody with hints of Lavender and Geranium. I like the fact that isn't very sickening sweet and more of a fresh, revitalising floral scent that inclines towards relaxation and uplifting one's mood.

It's worth noting that the organic contents are made up of vegetable wax and pure essential oils meaning no harmful toxins released in the air.

Definitely worth a try!




8.11.11

Miracle Fibre - Just how miraculous is it?

The name itself is just so striking to me for some reason.

When I hear Fibre, my mind goes back to 'fibre' used in Mascara's which gives more volume and texture. This is exactly the same thing but in a gooey format and to be used on hair.

It contains Shea and Cupuacu butters, Keratin Amino acids, Hydrolysed Soy protein as well as UV protection. Now I really don't know what the UV protection would do here as the product wont be sitting on the upper layers of the hair anyway.

I however do like the use of other ingredients in this products. The formula itself is a light hybrid between mousse and cream and is slightly sticky. It's an unusual consistency for a hair product but surely one that works well. 


Fortunately, it does everything exactly how it's written on the bottle itself. It provides an elastic hold, gives extreme texture and volume that lasts comparatively longer than texturising mousse and salts in my experience.

Just one word of caution - If you overuse it, it can result in a sticky mess making hair look oily and unwashed. Something I really cannot compromise with. 


Just a little sample of how it works around the crown area. I experimented with it on the weekend. I'm kind of a chicken that way and tend to experiment products before I walk out wearing them out of the house.

Quite reasonable for £11.25 if you're someone who loves volume, texture and all that mess like me.

6.11.11

Diego Dalla Palma lauches in Tesco's Beauty Hall

Diego Dalla Palma has recently been launched in Tesco's Beauty Hall and is also available to purchase online from Tesco's website. It's a professional Italian brand known for being equivalent to MAC in other countries.

Not sure about that but the range seemed pretty impressive at the launch. Very subtle yet chic autumnal shades, classy Chanel-esque packaging, reasonably priced with products perfect to recreate a cover page look. Me likey!

On the other hand, definitely something we'd not expect to see in Tesco's eh, so it will be exciting to see how people respond to the mini House of Fraser like setting there.

A few haphazard shots I managed to capture to convey the essence of the brand.










We got a few things to try out too and I have been enjoying playing around with them on the weekend. So far so good I'd say.

My favourite is the Semi Permanent Mascara so definitely something to look out for when you're around the counter.


I have a Make-up Fixer, a Semi Permanent Mascara, a Waterproof Eye Pencil and a Classic Lipstick. Out of them all, the Lipstick is nothing more than a pretty colour and that's it. The formula is very standard, slightly drying and something I personally would not have opted for.

The rest of the products, I wouldn't mind paying for to be honest.


The Make-up Fixer is one of a kind and unlike MAC's Fix Plus, does not leave a very dewy sheen on me. It simply sets the make-up, prevents it from shifting and prolongs wear, whilst making skin satin soft. Has a very strong alcohol smell to it which some sensitive noses might find off putting!

Nothing much to say about the lippy really besides that's its very standard looking. I don't mind the cute packaging though.
Aah... the Waterproof Eye Pencil is the darkest black I currently own. It beats MAC's Smoulder as it doesn't smudge and shift as much but still is super creamy and applies like a dream without tugging or pulling.

Stay's put for an entire day (or two if you sleep with it like I did!) and is waterline-safe.

I guess it beat's MAC with its eye pencils then.
And how can we forget the oh-so-talked about Semi Permanent Mascara, which is the first of it's kind in the high-street/drugstores. 

It claims to tint your lashes after 4-5 days of consistent wear. The claim made me insanely slap this on every day without fail and I am pleased to report that it has actually tinted my lashes in a very subtle yet noticeable manner.

The formula itself is very glossy yet goopy and provides a 'lived-in' effect with dark, slightly clumpy lashes. Some of you might hate it, I did too initially but the thing is addictive I warn you.

It is a tad bit difficult to remove at night and needs a good make-up remover to get rid of the residue but its all worth it when I wake up with darker lashes.

Definitely try it out in store!
Overall, the range is pretty elegant, wearable and high-street Chanel-esque to sum it up.

I have my eyes on a few Nail Paints, Foundations and Eye Pencils now. Just need to find a larger Tesco somewhere, which is a task in it self.