27 August 2013

Skincare | Soap and Glory Wish Upon A Jar Wonder Face Cream

I have been following Miss Budget Beauty's blog and YouTube channel for nearly a year now.  And within that time, I've seen numerous videos and posts where she has raved and raved about this face cream.  Being the skincare obsessive that I am, I had to know if it was really that great.
Soap & Glory Wish Upon A Jar Wonder Face Cream, 50ml
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I should mention, this isn't a straightforward face cream.  You need to use it twice a day (am, pm) for 21 days and then use another moisturiser.  So I suppose you could class it an anti-aging treatment almost.

Soap & Glory Wish Upon A Jar Wonder Face Cream, 50ml 
I have given it a fair go.  My first issue with this cream was the texture and consistency. It is really thick and felt greasy on my skin.  I found that it didn't really sink into skin, instead just sat on top making my skin feel like it couldn't breathe.  This was NOT a good base for makeup either, my makeup was literally sliding off my face after a couple of hours.  

The scent is reminiscent of chocolate orange, but I found that to be quite overwhelming. 

Lastly, did it deliver?  I'm sorry to report, I didn't see any difference on the fine lines on my forehead.  I just didn't see any results, which was really disappointing.

Overall, this product was a bit of a let down from S&G.  Shame really, as I adore their bath and body range.

This is available at Boots for £16.

Have you tried Wish Upon A Jar?  What was your experience?
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21 August 2013

Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow in On and On Bronze Rave!


Although I do have my fair share of eyeshadow stash, I am somewhat lazy when it comes to applying it on a daily basis.  Cue Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze.  I don't think it'd be an overstatement if I said, this has changed my life.  It really wouldn't!  


Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow in On and On Bronze

Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow in On and On Bronze - Beauty by Eff
Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow in On and On Bronze

I have had it just over a week now and I have wore it every single day! I know.  It's just so easy to apply and the staying power is just wow!  Initially I used my Smashbox Lid Primer before applying the shadow so I put the longevity down to the primer.  Then I decided to test it's staying power and applied it on its own.   It stayed on for over 8 hours and that's more than good enough for me.  I mean who really needs an eyeshadow to stay on for 24 hours? A little bit gross if you ask me!  I digress.

Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow in On and On Bronze Swatch

The colour payoff is brilliant, however isn't as 'bronzey' as it appears in the pot.  I think that makes it more suitable for everyday wear.

Another winner from Maybelline.  They are releasing pigment versions of these little beauties across the pond, can't wait to try them out when they make their way over here!

Available at Boots for £4.99, it's currently on 3 for 2 offer.

Have you tried this or any of the other shades?
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20 August 2013

Swatch | Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Electric Orange 912

This is my first high street lipstick *shock*.  I am glad to report it hasn't disappointed.  I was a little scared about how it'd look on me, but I'm pretty satisfied with the colour payoff.  What has surprised me most is how hydrating it is.  It kept my lips soft, but did cling to dry skin on the lips. 

Maybelline Color Sensational in Electric Orange 912
Maybelline Color Sensational in Electric Orange 912

Maybelline says this lipstick contains honey nectar to nourish your lips, it sure does!  I applied at 7 am, and didn't need to reapply until after lunch (about 1 pm) - I'm happy with that sort of staying power!

Maybelline Color Sensational in Electric Orange 912
Maybelline Color Sensational in Electric Orange 912

Maybelline Color Sensational in Electric Orange 912 Swatch
Maybelline Color Sensational in Electric Orange 912 swatch

I was initially thinking of getting MAC's Morange, but I'm glad I got this instead.  Beautiful, bright orange that stays and hydrates!

Available at Boots at £7.19.
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19 August 2013

Swatch | Illamasqua Lipstick in Scandal

Illamasqua describes Scandal as a warm coral pink.  This has a lovely creamy finish and stays in for a good few hours.  On the bullet, it looks quite scary bright, but when applied looks really nice.  I hadn't tried Illamasqua lipsticks before, but I'm a firm fan!


Illamasqua Lipstick in Scandal - Beauty by Eff
Illamasqua Lipstick in Scandal


Illamasqua Lipstick in Scandal Swatch - Beauty by Eff
Illamasqua Lipstick in Scandal swatch

It's a great lipstick, in terms of colour and pigmentation.  However be mindful, that it does tend to cling to dry skin on the lips.  So make sure lips are exfoliated and moisturised!

Available at Illamasqua.com fro £16.50.
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17 August 2013

Swatch | Illamasqua Lipstick in Eurydice

Illamasqua describes Eurydice as a bright fuchsia pink with a matt finish.  I wasn't sure if this would be too bright for me, but it's not. I LOVE this shade.

Illamasqua Lipstick - Eurydice
Illamasqua Lipstick - Eurydice swatch
What I love most about this is that it manages to keep my lips moisturised even though it's a matt formula, unlike some other matt lipstick I've used.  As it's a swatch, I won't bore you with too many words!  

Available at Illamasqua.com for £16.50.
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16 August 2013

Hair Saviour | Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment

This is the shiz for me when it comes to hair mask/treatment.  I mean, this is one of my desert island product.  This tub of stuff is something to write home about.

There is a lot of hype around the beauty world about using hair oils.  Ojon's Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment is not marketed as an oil, but it sort of is.  I'll explain.


Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair treatment - Beauty by Eff
Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment, 100 ml.

Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment, 100 ml.

In the tub, the mask has a solid, almost butter like texture.  I usually scoop it out with a spoon and rub it in between my palms.  Then the texture changes into an oil, which I apply from the mid-length of my hair to the ends.  I apply before I go to sleep and then wash it off in the morning.  As you can see from the picture, it is well used.  I have had this for over 18 months, so a little goes a long way.  So I find the price justifiable.

However be warned, the fragrance isn't great.  It took me quite a while to get used to it, but when I realised the benefits, I quickly learnt to ignore the smell.  I religiously use this once a week to maintain the health of my hair.  I had really long hair, and this helped so much to ensure my ends weren't dry.  I just cannot articulate how good this product is.  

I've already re-purchased but a slightly different version.  I'll report back once I've used it.  In simple words, my hair cannot survive without this.  Strong words, but so true.

Available at Boots for £34.

Have you used this or any other Ojon products before? 
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15 August 2013

Hydration in a tube | Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

Hydration is an important part of your skin health.  As well as drinking a lot of water to keep hydrated from the inside, you need to hydrate the outer layer of your skin as well.  This means make-up sits a lot better on your skin, and the fine lines are kept at bay.
Initially, I thought this mask was for very dry skin.  So being a combination/oily skinned gal, I stayed away.  However a couple of months ago, I noticed dry flaky patches on my face although rest of my face was still rather oily.  So I decided to give this a shot.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, 100ml
Firstly, the fragrance – oh my!  Never have I wanted to eat up any of my skincare to this extent! It smells incredibly fruity - think peaches.  It’s very creamy and thick, however once applied doesn’t feel like it’s clogging my skin.  It doesn't sit on top of my skin either, instead sinks in making my skin feel plump instantly.  I take a small pea sized blob (yes, that is ALL you need) and a little goes a looong way.  That amount seems to be enough for my skin.  Although it instructs you to wipe it off, I go to sleep with it. 

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask applied on skin
When I wake up, my skin feels much, much softer.  It might just be me, but it feels like my foundation goes on a lot smoother, and blends in with my skin much better.  I have been loving this. I use it twice a week – mostly because I love smelling so fruity!

Available here for £22.
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14 August 2013

Review | Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm

This was picked up in my recent Paris trip (haul post), as every blogger has raved and raved about this.  Although this can be bought in the UK at escentual.com, it is much cheaper in Paris.


Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm


I’m not one to buy into ‘cult’ products, but Wow!  This may be the king of lip balms.  It looks matte in the pot and is not shiny when applied.  It has a subtle honey fragrance, not at all overpowering.  The thing that really won me over is the staying power.  It stays on my lips for hours! And I mean hours! 


Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm

Mostly I use it overnight, but I’ve used it in the mornings and have gone off to work and it has kept my lips moisturised until the late afternoon (2-3pm) when I've had late lunches!  I honestly cannot fault it.  Whilst it won’t replace my Blistex lip conditioner, it is a definite favourite.  The reason Blistex won’t be replaced is more to do with the price than the function.
This has really  made me keen to try out more Nuxe products.

Have you tried this or any other Nuxe products?


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