25 February 2014

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick - 01 Le Rouge

YSL Rouge Pur Couture 01 - Beauty by Eff

About time I paid homage to my favourite red lipstick - YSL Rouge Pur Couture in shade 01 Le Rouge.  This lipstick is just a thing of beauty.  It's my most cherished lipstick because it's my first ever lipstick and I adore this red!  The luxurious mirrored gold packaging, the embossed YSL logo, the pigmented lip colour - there's nothing to fault.

18 February 2014

L'Oreal True Match Foundation Review

L'Oreal True Match Foundation - Beauty by Farzana

L'Oreal True Match Foundation - Beauty by Farzana

L'Oreal True Match Foundation was my first highstreet (drugstore) foundation.  I usually shy away from buying foundation from the highstreet, because I always think I'll end up with a wrong colour and wasted money.

My sister was raved and raved about this, so I caved and got it in the shade N6 Honey.  It's a really good match to my skin which surprised me, as I always find highstreet brands have poor shade collection for foundations.

Initially, I really didn't like it as I found it to be quite runny and felt it made my skin too greasy.  I was a little disappointed, but wanted to finish it off so persevered on.  

I was using too much product because it was so runny.  So I tried using less product and really buffing it into my skin using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush.  This made it better, although around mid-day, it would still get quite shiny. The real difference I saw was when I used it with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (review coming soon!).  IT was as if I had no foundation on but gave me the coverage I was looking for.  I absolutely adore this foundation now, because it just makes my skin glow!  Not in a greasy, oily kind of way, but a luminous glow.  It's a build-able foundation with medium to full coverage.  If you mix it with your moisturiser, it can be really sheer too due to its runny texture.

Amelia from Liana Beauty described this as a dupe of the famous Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation, which has been on my wishlist forever!  If you're interested the GA foundation but unsure, give this a try first as it's a fraction of the price!

This has been gracing my face everyday as the colour is such a good match and the texture is si light that sometimes I forget I have any makeup on!

L'Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation is available at Boots for £9.99.

Have you tried any L'Oreal foundations?  What's your favourite?

17 February 2014

Review | Rimmel Glam’Eyes Liquid Eye Liner

Rimmel Glam'Eyes Liquid Eyeliner - Beauty by Eff

This is a guest post I wrote on Hannah's blog, A day in the life of a Northern Girl.

Rimmel Glam’Eyes Liquid Eye Liner was one of my first makeup purchases.  To this day, it is my favourite liquid liner.  It has the perfect brush which is thin enough to draw the most subtle thin line, adding depth to the lash line.  Or draw a bold, thick cat flick for a more glamorous look.  This is permanently in my makeup bag and I always have a few backups, just in case Rimmel decides to change/discontinue it!  I previously mentioned this on my #theonebrand – Rimmel post, but this liner *deserves* its name up in lights!

Rimmel Glam'Eyes Liquid Eyeliner - Beauty by Eff

The colour is very black and opaque.  It’s not waterproof but that’s because I don’t like waterproof liner/mascara.  It’s fluid enough to work with but isn’t too ‘wet’ that it smudges on the lid.  I always keep a wet cotton bud (Q-tip) handy so I can ‘erase’ any mistakes.  Another reason why I love this so much – just really easy to use.

It doesn’t dry out and lasts for a long time.  I probably have had this one tube for over a year!  I’ve tried more expensive liquid liners that just doesn’t compare by any means!  This liner is available at Boots for £5.29, making it amazing value for money!  If you're on a budget, this is the eyeliner for you.

Do you have fail-safe liquid liner you rely on?

16 February 2014

Review | Klorane Nettle Shampoo for Oily Hair

Klorane Nettle Shampoo for Oily Hair, available here for £6.00.  It promises to:

“Detox your scalp… a deeply cleansing formula for those prone to oiliness.
This gentle, effective treatment shampoo gives you more time between washes, working to regularise the amount of oil your scalp produces while slowing its spread throughout the hair. The star ingredient of the shampoo is scopoletine, an extract from nettle, which restores balance to the scalp.

Hypoallergenic and extremely mild, the Nettle Shampoo enhances volume and detangles for soft and bouncy hair that lasts. After sustained use, oil secretion is regularised, enabling you to wash your hair less frequently.

Apply to wet hair, massage in, and then rinse away thoroughly. Follow with your usual conditioner. If you have an oily scalp and dry tips, apply the Klorane Mango Butter conditioner through the lengths and the ends, avoiding the roots.” – Escentual.com

From first use of the Klorane Nettle Shampoo*, I felt that my hair felt really ‘clean’. By ‘clean’, I mean squeaky clean!  This wasn’t a feeling I am used to but it meant my hair was really shiny.  That definitely deserved a point in my book.

Downside of my hair being squeaky clean – it tangled a lot.  My hair also felt more voluminous.  This could be due to the deep cleansing as it wasn’t being weighed down by anything.  Again this was another positive for me, because I have quite fine hair, and my hair becomes ‘flat’ quite quickly.

Now, the actual purpose of this shampoo, did it make my hair less oily?  After the first wash, I didn't think it did, as I had to wash my hair as normal the following day.  But after the third wash, it definitely worked.  Now I can leave my hair unwashed an extra day!  It works best for me if I use it a couple of times a week, any more than that - it tends to dry out my hair a little.  I think I'll have to get the Klorane Mango Butter hair conditioner to go with this to see if it works better.  Currently I'm using my L'Oreal Paris Hair Expertise EverStrong Nourishing Intense Mask, which is doing a pretty good job.

I do think this shampoo is worth a try if you struggle with oily hair.  For me washing my hair everyday was such a chore!  Now I can have some extra beauty sleep!

What do you use to keep oily hair at bay?

*PR sample

15 February 2014

OOTD # 1

Earlier this week, I posted an ASOS Sales Pick here.  Needless to say I placed a sneaky order too!  My most coveted item from my ASOS wishlist was the French Connection Pretty Lady Fedora Hat, reduced to £14 from £40!  I knew it won't hang around so I went ahead and placed the order!

When it arrived, it was more beautiful than I imagined!! I know that makes me sound complete cray cray - but believe me when I tell you, it's true love! 

So I took it out for a spin last weekend and here are some pictures - my very first OOTD post! Enjoy!

Hat: French Connection Pretty Lady Fedora Hat from ASOS
Coat: ASOS Fold Over Collar Coat With Hood
Dress: ASOS Skater Dress In Colour Block
Jeans: Tommy Hilfiger (old)
Boots: Topshop. bought on sale, not available online

What're your thoughts on wearing hat? yay or nay?


14 February 2014

What's in my makeup bag? #1

Makeup bag - Beauty by Eff

This was a post I wrote as a guest blogger on Skin Deep Beauty Blog.  I'm sharing it here on here too for those interested!

The past couple of months I’ve been travelling quite a bit with work and visiting family.  So I’ve had a bit of a capsule makeup bag.

My makeup bag was a present from a friend of mine.  I absolutely adore it, because it holds its shape so doesn’t take up a lot of space when travelling.  Yet manages to fit in everything I need! 

Makeup bag - Beauty by Eff


I adore the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer as it is oil-free and keeps my combination/oily skin matt for the longest time.  It has a silky finish and helps makeup stay on longer.
I’ve gone back to MAC Matchmaster foundation since the colder months have hit.  I like that it’s buildable so depending if my skin is behaving I can wear it quite sheer or more fuller coverage. 

I have gone on and on about Collection Lasting Perfection concealer on my blog.  It’s just great for under eye brightening and blemishes.  It’s amazing value for money too.
To powder, I have been using MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder.  It doesn’t give a lot of coverage and dusted on lightly, doesn’t look cakey either.  Great for touching up on the go.

I never use the sponges that come with compacts.  I got this retractable Clinique Powder brush with my Clinique Blended Face Powder.  The powder itself is not travel friendly, but this brush is great as you can retract and put the cap on, so makeup bag is not full of residual powder from the brush!


I love my shimmery eye shadows, and love this Bourjois Colour Edition 24H eye shadow in Kaki Cheri.  It’s just so beautiful, and has a really nice cream to powder finish.  No eye brushes required, sweep on the lids with your fingers and you’re good to go!

Smashbox have won me over in the last year with their beautiful eye pencil formula.  They’re creamy soft, doesn’t drag the skin and you can either smudge them for a smoky effect or go for a bold black line.  The colour I use almost daily is in Onyx.

Maybelline Rocket Mascara is another favourite.  I have worn no other mascara since I got this in the summer.  I have a detailed review on my blog.

Cheek and Lips

For blusher, I’ve been using Illamasqua’s Powder blusher in Thrust.  It is quite a deep magenta pink, with a matt finish.  I like this colour for the colder, autumnal/wintery months.  
It is very pigmented, so only need the tiniest amount.

Because there is a lot going on makeup wise, I’ve been opting for a nude lip.  I’ve been using quite a brown nude – MAC’s Half n Half Lipstick.  It’s really moisturising and pigmented.  It’s of usual high quality lipstick from MAC.

When on the go, I ensure I have tried and tested products; so I’m never in a situation with products that just doesn’t work.  Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my travel makeup bag.  

Have you tried any of the above?  What goes in your capsule makeup bag?

3 February 2014

Review | Pixi Glow Tonic

The last time I used a toner before this?.....I haven’t got a clue!  Many a times I’ve relied on counter staff from various brands to help me with picking skincare products, thinking they know better than me.  I now realise, I couldn’t be more wrong.  How on earth would they know more about MY skin?  Exactly.  Thus I’ve never really used toners, as I was advised that you don’t really need them.  

Enter chemical toner/exfoliator.
I was introduced to this lovely bottle of potion by Caroline’s blog.  She is big on chemical toners for exfoliation rather than your run-of-the-mill scrubby exfoliators.  According to Caroline, the scrubby particles only spread the bacteria etc. making your breakouts spread all over your face.  Eurgh.  Truth be told, I never really liked scrubby exfoliators, as they felt harsh on my skin.
Pixi Glow Tonic is an orange coloured liquid and has, what I can only describe as, an old lady perfume smell.  Now, I’m not saying it’s bad, it’s an acquired fragrance.  I don’t love it, but at least it doesn’t smell like alcohol hand sanitisers (I'm looking at you Clinique!).  
I’ve been using this since May last year, and I'm surprised to say the least.  My interest in this type of product was mainly because I suffer from hyperpigmentation, and my research tells me acid toners can help.  Although I didn’t see anything straightaway, I noticed a difference after a few months.  After the first few weeks, my skin felt a lot smoother.  I used to get some small bumpy spots under the top layer of my skin, which has completely gone away.  From before and after pictures, a lot of acne scarring seemed to have faded.  I only use it at night and I must emphasise – you NEED to use SUNCREAM on your face when you’re using acid toners!! Be warned. I use La Roche-Posay sunscreen, see review here.

This is just such a lovely and beneficial product and has made a noticeable difference.  My skin is loving it, and I'm a fan for sure!

I have backups of this as I know it's really hard to get hold of, especially if you live out of London.  I bought this for £16, and it has lasted me a long time.

What're your thoughts on toners?  Have you used Pixi Glow Tonic?

Update: Pixi Glow tonic has been re-packaged and can be bought online, here.

2 February 2014

ASOS Sale Picks

ASOS Sale Picks

1) ASOS Scalloped Lace Skater Dress - £18 from £38

2) Whistles Sofia Dress - £38.50 from £110

3) ASOS Aran Jumper - £19 from £38

4) French Connection Pretty Lady Fedora Hat - £14 from £40 

5) This Works Sleeping Partners - £17 from £29

6) River Island Half & Half Triangle Necklace - £4.50 from £15

7) Benefit BADgal Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Charcoal - £6 from £15

I always wait around for the ASOS sale, as they always have great bargains.  I just wanted to share my picks from the 70% off sale currently on.  Just a note, the Whistes dress is down to £38.50 from £115 on the UK website and still appears to be in stock.

Have you bought anything from the ASOS sales?  Share your top picks!
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