Sunday, 30 June 2013

L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Blush

L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Blush (Boots £7.99)

I've had this blusher quite a while and it's not really been tested out until quite recently. I picked it up when Boots had a buy one get one half price on the L'Oreal range of BB and CC creams. It doesn't have any of the standard BB (beauty balm) qualities but does follow the colour change technology that the other face creams in their range have. It starts off clear and when blended in turns into quite a bright pink but blended out turns into a subtle light pink colour. It's super velvety to the touch and blends out well without making a mess of your foundation and isn't sticky whatsoever with its gel like formula. I'm massively into my coral's and peach tones at the moment so this isn't getting much use but when I'm feeling like I want a natural pink cheek this is perfect. It looks really good with just a BB cream for a natural summertime glow. 

Georgina x


Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Skincare Wishlist - June 2013

After giving the Clean Start Welcome Matte moisturiser holy grail status and talking about it all the time I now have my eye on the whole range Clean Start All Over Clear £11.50  & Clean Start Ready Set Scrub £12.30. Still haven't gotten around to buying Alpha H Liquid Gold £31.50 not sure what's wrong with me as I know as it will do wonders for the dark marks and red blotches on my skin from spots. I've adored the little samples I've had from Ole Henrikksen and have my eye on this reasonably price set of mini's, Ole Henrikksen 3 Little Wonders £15. Again had my eye on this for ages - I adore everything Origins I've ever tried and I'm sure the Origins Out of Trouble 10 minute Mask £20 would be the perfect mask for my skin right now. Finally the No7 Cleansing Water for Normal/ Oily Skin £9 has caught my eye with it's specific skin formulation. I love the purity of cleansing waters and No7 have never done any wrong in my skin care book so far. 
Georgina x


Monday, 24 June 2013

Currently Loving

L'Oreal Micellar solution was on the blog just a few days ago but it's been a staple in my skin care for over a month now so I had to include it. Equally the Dermalogica Clean Start Welcome Matte moisturiser (review) has become HG for me I've been using it religiously since buying the full size and touch wood haven't had a single large break out. Following better skin days means less makeup and the Dr Jart water fuse BB cream has been my go to base. (review) It's perfect for these almost sunny days and also for the unnatural air of a large office. It's giving me the perfect coverage with only the need for small dabs of concealer. 

I've had the Charles Worthington Mussed Up texture spray for over a year now (review) and it's kind of fallen in amongst a basket full of hair products. However my hair's gotten pretty limp recently and this has really helped bring some life to it. It saves having to use heat stylers in the morning for volume and just gives it that little umph. I've also been loving the Body Shop detangling radiance rainforest spray (review) it's a lovely smelling spray that spritzed on after washing really gives the hair moisture and shine - I love this stuff. 

Finally I've also been going back to an old favourite - Collection 2000 Cream Puff in shade Fair Cake (review). I wish they'd bring out more shades of this lip formula as it's perfectly velvety to apply has a lovely matte finish and really good lasting power. 

Georgina x


Tuesday, 18 June 2013

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution

L'Oreal Micellar Solution RRP £4.99 Currently £3.33 in Boots

Bioderma has been a hit in my skin care routine for a since about October (read my review here). I absolutely adore it but it's not hugely accessible so I thought I'd give L'Oreal's offering to the micellar solution  as it comes in at under a fiver and is available in pretty much all the shops. Firstly the dispenser on this is really annoying you literally tilt it a little and your cotton pad is completly soaked. I still can't get used to it - I always have an over soaked pad whenever I use it. 

It doesn't feel quite as pure as bioderma but does take off make-up pretty effortlessly. It struggles with Benefit's They're Real mascara but to be honest most make-up removers do that stuff is so stubborn. My skin didn't mind the change from Bioderma to this product, it didn't cause any break outs or changes and it's the perfect product for between Bioderma purchases. The price point is spot on but there's something about the completly pure and clean finish to Bioderma that it doesn't quite replace. This is the go to product though in supermarkets and if I run out of Bioderma and money's pretty tight I will definitely be repurchasing this. 

Georgina x

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Revlon Nearly Naked 150 Nude

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation £8.99 Boots 

I bought Revlon Nearly Naked partly because of the many raving reviews (sucker for the hype) I've read about it and secondly because I was in the market for a lighter summer time finish. At first I was a little disappointed this didn't come with a pump - I'd much rather pay a little more to have the ease of a pump dispenser. However dispite that I've fallen a little in love with this foundation. Shade 150 blends effortlessly into my skin tone and is a dream to apply. It gives a finish that is somewhere between matte and dewy and is the perfect 'no make-up' look foundation. 

It lasts reasonably well and see's out the 9-5 day with only a few concealer touch ups needed on blemishes and red marks - applying powder does help see out the day a little more of course. It evens out the skin tone but still lets the natural pigmentation of your skin show through which gives a lovely finish for the summer. Overall I'm super impressed with this high street foundation the shade is perfect for me and the finish is just what I'm after. Revlon as a brand has really impressed me recently I often skip past their offerings as they've always had a bit of a mumsy brand image in my opinoin (probably because I always rembember my mum's make-up bag being full of Revlon) which is maybe a sign that the quality really is there. So glad I gave this foundation a go - I do still wish it had a pump as I find I end up wasting a lot of product because too much goes onto my hand for application however I am getting used to it and I will get over it. Saying that though if they did begin a release with a pump I would be super excited. 

With Love, Georgina x

Saturday, 15 June 2013

MUA Nectar - What colour is it?

I don't often venture into Superdrug all that often and when I do I always end up spending a few pounds on MUA products. I always have the problem at lipstick stands working out which shades I already own - I have too many lipsticks. However I only have a few MUA lipsticks and I new I didn't own the bright coral shade I swatched called Nectar - Shade 16. I came home and checked what shades I did actually own and was obviously pretty annoyed with myself at buying the exact same shade as one I already owned. 

The Necat shade 16 I picked up today is a bright orange toned coral. The one I already owned is a lighter more nude toned coral. Exact same packaging and shade number. Surely if you're going to release a new shade you'd give it a new name and shade number. They are not even close in shade as you can see above. Although initially annoyed that I bought the same shade I'm glad they don't match as I love both shades. The one I bought today glides on well like all MUA lipsticks and is the night out handbag accompaniment as you won't mind losing it for just £1. The downside to this lipstick is that it doesn't last very long but for the price you can't really complain. 

As happy as I am about it not being the same shade that I own attempting to replace either of this will be so hard - it also makes my standard do I own this shade debate even harder! Has anyone else found this with any MUA shades?

With love, Georgina


Monday, 10 June 2013

L'Oreal Color Riche Neon Pop Collection

L'Oreal Neon Pop! Color Riche Nail Varnish* -  £4.99 Boots

I missed a parcel on Saturday morning and with no idea what it was begrudgingly left the house early on a Monday morning to see what it was. Happily the gorgeous bubblegum balloon filled with neon confetti popped out. Underneath was the newest edition to L'Oreal's nail varnish collection 4 neon pop shades. Overall there are 8 shades in the collection and I was sent Banana Pop - a bright yellow, wasabi hint - a pastel green with punch of bright, acid watermelon - a soft neon pink and finally flashing lilac which is gorgeous bright purple shade. L'Oreal advises using a white shade as a base coat to make them pop even more - in all my pictures I haven't used anything except the polish and they are already pretty bright but I can't wait to try this out and see how bright you can really take them. 

These are really different to shades I currently own despite my love for neon and pastel shades as they are a cross between the two summer trends. They're not in your face like standard neon varnishes such as the Models Own Neon Ice range  but then again they're not soft and pure pastel either. They glide on well and I especially like the thin bottles which will make storing them so much easier. It's also cool that the bottles are so sleek and different to any other brand (take note MUA) which means hunting out your favourites will be so much easier. I'm often torn between pastel and neon shades so this range is perfect for me it's a perfect in between colour selection. I'm pretty sure as this ranges launches during the month I'll be picking up Dating Coral and Lush Tangerine - because of course I don't have enough coral and orange shades. I'm also keen to see what the coverage of Snow in Megeve is like. 


Sunday, 9 June 2013

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede - 060 It Girl

Revlon ColourStay Ultimate Suede - RRP £8.99 (currently £6.99 in boots)

One of my favourite lipsticks of all time is the Revlon Matte collection and overall Revlon are probably my favourite high street brand for lipstick. The ColorStay Ultimate Suede collection promises to give both moisture and a long last finish - marketing it by being able to apply first thing in the morning and leaving your lipstick at home it will still be there in the evening. This instantly appealed as I tend to forget to reapply throughout the day and it's good to know colour is still there without you having to check and top up. 

I picked up shade 060 It Girl which is a soft peachy pink with a hint of shimmer to it. I love the shade it's perfect for this bit of summer we're currently getting and glides on effortlessly. It feels almost a bit tacky as it dries on to my lips then dries - once dried it does stop you being able to rub your lips together unless you lick them. I didn't mind this but the tackiness as it dries isn't the nicest feeling in the world. 

It lasts a good 4 hours without budging if you're just drinking and going about your morning however I do find a meal does really wear it off. However topping up after lunch isn't the worst thing and it does wear off really evenly. I do find I need to rub any excess off before reapplying though as putting it on top of itself gives a not very nice build up of product on the creases in my lip. Overall I do really love this lip product and have been wearing it all week long, it's got such a lovely finish to it that looks perfectly moisturised for the summer. I can imagine a lot more of these entering my lipstick collection soon designer, finale and couture all look amazing too. 


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Veet Easy Wax Electrical Roll-On Kit

Veet Easy Wax Kit*: RRP £29.99 Amazon: £14.99 Bikini Refill*: £8.25

I've never really seen waxing as something I aspired to get into. In salon's it costs a small fortune and I've never wanted to start up beauty habits that cost that much. I do however get why it's a good option for hair removal especially in the summer months. I've used the cold wax strips in the past - massive waste of time but never wanted to get into the mess of wax pots in my microwave. Being hairless without stubble for longer than 2 days does sound like something that I'd be up for bringing into my life. The biggest downside to me when thinking about waxing is the need to let your hair grow so that it actually works. Hence why I've had this for a few weeks and have only just got round to using it. 

The Veet Easy wax kit comes with a wax refill for legs, 4 removal pads, the heating device and 12 waxing strips. This is incredibly easy to use you just pop the wax refill into the stand plug in and leave for 20 minutes. Well it says 20 minutes but I actually found it needed about 40 minutes to get to a rollable consistency. You roll it onto the area you want, apply a strip over and rip off. Simple. 

The leg refill has a wide roller and the bikini underarm refill has a much smaller roller for more detailed application. I waxed my underarm hair and found that I went through nearly 8 of the removal strips and 2 of the pads. Leaving me thinking I won't get very far with 12 strips trying to do my whole legs and looking across reviews people seem to have found the same problem. However you can pick up a massive pack of 100 strips on amazon for about £3 so it's something I'm sure you can get over. But with the refills being marketed at managing 4 applications it is a little annoying. 

It isn't too painful to be honest and is something you'd definitely get used too. All in all this is a brilliant kit - it is easy to use and is nice and compact to get out when you need it. However I'm a shaving girl - I don't have the time to devote a few hours to a waxing ritual I also don't have the patience to let my body hair grow long enough for this. This will be my go to holiday kit though it's perfect to get smooth holiday legs without paying a fortune in a salon. I highly recommend this if you're hitting the beach this summer or have a weekend away planned that you need to be hairless for all weekend long!

*I was sent this kit for consideration from Veet - all views are 100% my own


Monday, 3 June 2013

Dermalogica Welcome Matte Clean Start Moisturiser

I have had a few miniature 15ml samples of this from various Glossyboxes and the range has been a skin saviour but this moisturiser in particular is easily my favourite and the first Clean Start full size I've needed to purchase. My skin type has always been pretty normal and if anything on the dry side - not sure why or where it's come from but my skin has got seriously oily in the last few years. I seem to have reverted back to my 13 year old self with regular pimples popping up on my t-zone. 

When I went to buy this the dermalogica lady tried to upsell me into the oily adult range which is a whole lot more expensive. She was probably talking sense considering my age however having used the ranges mini's I know that this ticks all my skin care needs. The Dermalogica Clean Start range has been designed for teenage skin with products that mattify and reduce oil in the skin. The range contains daytime/ night time moisturisers, scrub, face wash, face mist, lip shine & targeted spot treatment.  The moisturiser retails for £15.50 but can be bought for £13.30 here. A little goes a really long way with this it mattifies the skin and provides the most amazing base for make-up. I also find it controls oil during the day so helps my make-up stay on longer whilst I'm at work. 

I'm so glad I bought this full size it's the best moisturiser I've ever tried and this alongside some other clean start products is finally relieving me of my many skincare woes. When I need to stock up I will 100% be buying this limited edition Welcome Matte pack for £15.50 which includes a full size welcome matte moisturiser as well as 2 samples of wash off and bedtime for breakouts so turns out to be a bargain. 


Sunday, 2 June 2013

Coral Peach Orange - Nail Obsessions

Left to Right: Models Own Hed Kandi Hedonist (review) Barry M Gelly Satsuma (review) Essie Orange It's Obvious (review) Barry M Gelly Papaya (review) Models Own Peaches and Cream


Saturday, 1 June 2013

Non-Beauty Buys - Storage & Home

Heart Tea Light Holders - £2.99 The Range

I've been majorly MIA from Magpie Obsessions over the last month or so but am now determined to get my mojo back and get back into it. Life has kind of taken over and most of May has been a whirlwind of trying to sort out two naked calendar photo shoots with the girls for THCF. The photo's look unreal and I can't wait to share them in September when our official launch is planned! In the meantime I've also been sorting out my finances so have put beauty spending on a bit of a back burner so really haven't had all that much to write about. However it's now all in order and I'm more than enjoying my time spent in boots at the moment oops. I've also been attempting to reorganise my dressing space so when it's all complete I can fully share my storage finds. I just wanted to share some of my favourites on here now whilst I test out some amazing products I've picked up recently :)