Tuesday, 29 November 2011

NOTD: Catrice 'Iron Mermaiden'

I mentioned in a previous post, that my mum recently went to Sligo, and brought me back some goodies. I asked for Essence and Catrice nail polish, and this is what she kindly got for me...

The first one I gravitated towards was Iron Mermaiden. I had actually seen this before on Lorraine's blog and loved it - but couldn't remember the name to tell my mum! So I just asked her to keep an eye out for any duo-chrome colours. Mum did good!

I also love the name, I think it sums this polish up perfectly. The colour in the bottle is absolutely stunning.

I had a slight mishap with mine though - this has now happened twice when trying to open the bottle...

... what's all that about? Hmmm. Anyways, other than that I adore this polish, The brush is standard but decent, not to thin, and the while the polish is slightly sheer at first, I found 2 coats sufficient.

In natural light...

... and indoor lighting on a dark November evening:

I believe that my mum paid around 2.79 euro for this, which is a bloody bargain if you ask me. I was sad to take this colour off! I am becoming increasingly jealous of the availability of this in ROI, but not in the UK. Strange, as it seems to be available in basically all of the EU.... hmm!

Monday, 28 November 2011

Budget Beauty Buy - Superdrug Hot Cloth Cleanser

I had just repurchased this today, when I got home and, during my blog reading, saw Leanne Marie's post about products that she always repurchases. So I thought it was a sign to finally share this product with you!

I am now on my third tube of this; I have not purchased any other face cleanser since I first bought this in August. (Well, aside from my Murad Cleanser, but I use both products every day; one does not replace the other)

This is, essentially, a knock-off of the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. The consistency is basically the exact same, thick, creamy and luxurious. This smells different though; you can really smell Cocoa and Shea butter from this, but it is not overpowering. I find it very pleasant.

The product comes in a box with a muslin cloth and a huge 200ml tube of cleanser, which lasts me about 2 months give or take a few days. When it seems to be finished, I then cut the tube in half and there's usually at least enough for 2 or 3 more uses still in it, so there is minimum product wastage. If you're thrifty like me, that is!

Although this only comes in the 'Normal to Dry' skin variety I would say that this is suitable of most skin types (I consider myself as having sensitive, combination skin). This does not aggravate my face at all, which is brilliant, and the muslin cloth gently exfoliates without being too harsh.

The cloths are easy to wash - just stick them in the washing machine every few days and they come out spotless. After using my new cloth today it made me realise that the cloths do get a bit worn after a while and so become less exfoliating, but if you're repurchasing this regularly, like I have been, you have a supply of new cloths coming in anyway. It would be good if you could buy the cloths separately though.

One of the best (if slightly confusing) points about this, is the price - I bought this in August for it's usual price of £3.99. When I repurchased in October, I couldn't believe it had went up to £5.99! Still not going to break the bank, but I thought £2 was a substantial increase in such a small space of time. However, I bought my new one today in Superdrug on offer for £2.99! This was advertised as 'Save £1' so it would seem that it is back to it's starting price of £3.99? I won't complain, but I am baffled slightly!

All in all, I think that this is a brilliant budget alternative to high end hot cloth cleansers like Liz Earle, which are fantastic for a luxurious treat but perhaps not an affordable everyday option for everyone.

Have you tried this hot cloth cleanser? Any explanations about the price going haywire?! Let me know your thoughts.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #7

I cannot believe I have been doing this weekly change up for seven weeks now! Here is this week's selection...

MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15 - Same foundation as last week. My skin is still awful so this is much needed to cover up blemishes and even out my skin tone.

NYC Blushable Crème Stick Big Apple Blush  - A new item from NYC that I received at the FABB NI Blogger event. I haven't used cream blush in a while so this may take some getting used to!

Lumiere Cosmetics Mineral Blush Poppy - I received this recently from Lumiere Cosmetics. It is a a finely milled mineral blush that gives a lovely natural colour. Keep an eye out for an upcoming review on some Lumiere products

NYC Individual Eyes Palette Brown Eyes- Another NYC item I got at the FABB NI event. I am really impressed with this palette, despite the fact that is is aimed at brown eyes and mine are blue! NYC have stepped their game up with this and I really like it. Keep an eye out for a review of this soon...

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara - Not a favourite, but mainly because of the brush. The formulation is fine and I don't want to waste this!

NYC Lippin' Large Lip Plumper Plum Tart - This is a lip plumping lipgloss which, as a thin lipped lady, is much appreciated! It is a rich plummy pink shade and I can really feel the tingling sensation when I apply it. It doesn't give you Angelina Jolie lips, but a slight boost, and it also has tiny specks of glitter which reflect the light and give the illusion of fuller lips.

MAC Cremesheen Glass Petite Indulgence - A very pink gloss that smells like vanilla and lasts quite well once applied. I have neglected it and it has ended up being more of an ornament in my room due to the lid! So time to make use of it. You can see more about this product here.

Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick Rose Petal - This is a really nice rosy pink shade and is a bargain at £1.99 in Boots. I really like this lipstick, but I am not a fan of the shape of the bullet. It can be quite awkward to use and prone to bending and breaking.

So that's everything for this week! Nothing too adventurous due to working all week but I think the NYC Palette will come in handy. I hope everyone had a good week!

Saturday, 26 November 2011

My First Catrice Product

Last weekend my mum went on a trip to Sligo, leaving me to look after my little sister. All I asked in return was some Catrice and Essence goodies, which aren't available up north. I had asked for some nail polishes, but she also got this powder compact for me.

As far as I can tell, this is meant to be used as an 'all over' face powder, however, it is too dark for me! Were I choosing it for myself I'd have went for the lightest possible shade, but my mum is blessed with slightly swarthier skin than I and just bought me the same one that she was getting for herself!

Do not fear, though. On my pale complexion, it is a great bronzer! It is matte and very natural. Slight fallout, as you can see in the above photo, but blends really easily and I think it is perfect for contouring. Perhaps when I have tan on it will be more appropriate for using on more of my face.

Has anyone else tried any of Catrice's powders? Any recommendations? So far I really like this one!

Friday, 25 November 2011

FREE Sigma Shipping TODAY!

Hey everyone!
You may have already heard that today Sigma Beauty are offering FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING for one day only, as their Black Friday offer! This is an great chance to get your brushes, Cleansing & Polishing Tool or Dry 'n' Shape at a great price plus no postage costs!

It starts at 3pm UK/Ireland time, until 11pm so be ready to start ordering!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #6

After a weekend spent babysitting, I am as tired as ever and need all the help my make up can provide this week!

I have to replace one of my Invariable products this week - my Witch Primer ran out! I may buy another as I liked it for everyday use, and don't want to use up this one too fast...

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer - I bought this in Florida and have kept it for nights out and more special occasions  It is a fantastic primer, leaving my face so smooth with an even complexion. It will pain me to use it every day, which is why I might get another Witch one.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15 - My favourite foundation, without a doubt, especially when I need more coverage - I definitely need it this week after some angry spots recently. This is a great match for my natural skin tone (the palest shade in SFF!) and I just love it.

Physician's Formula Happy Booster Blush - Another Florida buy, this is an adorable blush and leaves a natural pink flush on the cheeks.

MeMeMe Beat the Blues Hightlighter Moonbeam - I have had this highlighter for an age and there's still SO MUCH left! Fantastic value for money. It has been compared to Benefit's Highbeam although I would say that this is a more watery consistency, while Benefit's is thicker.

MUA Pro Palette Heaven & Earth - I am carrying this over from last week, as I barely made any use of it last week, whoops!

Daniel Sandler Jumbo Jet Mascara - From a Glossy Box a few months ago. Not a big fan of this but I hate to waste it so trying to get more use out of it.

NYC Smooch Proof 16 Hour Lip Stain Forever Freesia - A new acquisition from the COTY goodie bag I received at the recent FABB NI meet up. This is a medium, rosy pink shade that leaves lips looking naturally flushed. I haven't wore it for 16 hours nor tested it's smooch proof-ness so I'm afraid I can't comment on its longevity at present!

NYC Liquid Lip Shine Fashion Avenue Fuchsia - Also from my goodie bag - this slicked on top of the lip stain creates a lovely, winter-appropriate, berry lip. I am a big fan of the liquid lip shines. The photo has made the gloss look bright pink; it's actually more of a raspberry shade in real life. (How I hate the lack of natural daylight at the minute).

NARS Satin Finish Lipstick Honolulu Honey - I am carrying this over from last week, in case I need a change from pink lips!

So that is everything for this week. I am looking forward to using all of these, bar the mascara! Variety is the spice of life, after all!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Possible MAC Lipstick Dupe

I mentioned this a few weeks ago in a Make Up Shake Up Post. I had never realised until that point, how similar these two shades are. So, in the name of a good dupe, I thought I would compare the two and see just how similar.

The MAC Cremesheen in Shy Girl is described on their website as a 'creamy, neutral coral biege'. To me, it leans more on the peachy coral side, but that is perhaps due to my very pale skin tone. The cremesheen finish is creamy and moisturising, with a hint of glossiness to it, and the expected vanilla scent. It comes in the usual sleek MAC packaging, and retails at £13.50.

Miners, funnily enough, seems to be a hard brand to find. I bought mine in a local chemist which has stocked Miners for the last million years or so (well, for as long as I can remember anyway, since I was a youngsta). I bought it for £3.99 at the time. The packaging is small and neat but slightly cheap and plastic looking. I like the fact that it has the shade on the lid for ease of reference. This lipstick is a very similar peachy shade to Shy Girl, not quite nude as the name suggested. The formula is creamy and smooth, and the smell is also of vanilla, though with that slightly plastic scent that some cheaper lip products can have. Although the name is Matte, I don't think that this dries to a completely matte finish. It is not as long lasting as the MAC lipstick and can bleed slightly, but other than that, I really think that there is little between the shades.

Sadly, I think that the Miners lipsticks may be now discontinued, as I cannot find them on the Miners website. They are also now half price in my local chemist, but I think that has more to do with the fact that they have now stuck a ruddy huge Clarins counter in it and want rid of the cheap make up! (As IF my wee town needs a Clarins counter! Ha!)

What do you think? Is a dupe worth it for the savings or would you rather have the real deal?

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

For Christmas I DON'T Want Body Products

The above photo is the selection of body butters, lotions and sprays that I currently own. Some have been in my possession, and remain unused, since I got them last Christmas! (Stop singing Wham! Right now.) I was inspired to dig them all out and do this post after reading Sarah's blog post about her build up of products. I need to make a dent in these before this Christmas, at least...

Ted Baker products:
(L-R) Body Soufflé, Body Lotion, 2 x Body Sprays
I got these in a HUGE Ted Baker gift set from my then-boss and his wife at Christmas. They smell lovely, though quite perfumed for some, and they are massive. I think the lotion and soufflé are about 300mls each! I must use these up, or it would be such a waste.

Body Butters:
(Clockwise from top left) The Body Shop 'Dreams Unlimited' Body Butter, The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter, Soap & Glory 'The Righteous Butter'
I have blogged about the Dreams Unlimited body butter previously, here. It was a magazine freebie I got back in May. I used a small amount and it was the strong scent, plus the lack of absorbency, that put me off in the end and it has been hanging around in a drawer since. The Coconut one smells lovely, and I like the consistency of these body butters, but I really can't stand it when products don't sink in quickly, which is the case with these. I love the Soap & Glory Righteous Butter, it's one of my favourites, and I want to save this! Even though I've had it in a gift set since my birthday in April!

(L-R) FCUK Pure Body Lotion, FCUK Pure Body Spray
Again, I think I received these in a gift set at Christmas. There was also a shower gel, which I've used, and a body scrub, which I am currently using. I am also currently using both of these and they smell beautiful. I put them on a night and still smell it on my skin the next morning. I adore these and will definitely repurchase these in the future!
(L-R) Avon Planet Spa Illuminating Body Lotion Japanese Sake and Rice, Nivea Body Moisturiser, Korres Quince Body Butter, 'Nina' by Nina Ricci Body Lotion.
The Avon stuff looks lovely, and is definitely shimmery and gives the skin a lovely glow, but I cannot stand the smell of the stuff. There is nothing pleasant about it as far as I am concerned, so I don't know how much I will use it to be honest. The Nivea lotion is almost done, it's grand, no great shakes but very moisturising. I received the Korres Quince Body Butter in a recent Glossy Box and it seems great so I am looking forward to using it. Finally, the Nina by Nina Ricci lotion came as part of a perfume set at Christmas. The perfume is one of my favourites, so I don't know why I haven't bothered with this. I suppose it's because, in general, I don't think that the lotions that come in perfume gift sets are that great!

That was a lot of body products in one post! Does this product overload happen to you? Wish me luck trying to get through them all!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #5

Week five already. This post was supposed to go up yesterday but due to 'technical difficulties' (lack of camera memory card) I couldn't get it done, whoops! Anyway, I'm going to be fairly natural and simple this week...

MAC Face & Body Foundation C1 - I love this foundation, although I am slightly regretting it already, as I have two huge spots which this can't cover as well as SFF would have, eeeep!

MUA Blusher Shade 2 - A nice natural colour on the cheeks, however this is slightly chalky, which is why I don't use it much these days. Having said that though, it's not bad for £1!

Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls - I threw this in to add some shimmer and dimension on top of the MUA blusher.

MUA Pro Palette Heaven & Earth - You really cannot go wrong with this palette! Lovely, wearable colours and a bargain price at £4. You can read my full review here and my comparison to the Urban Decay Naked Palette here.

Avon Supershock Mascara - This is definitely one of my favourite mascaras. I love the formula and the wand, and Avon usually have good deals and offers on their products too.

NARS Satin Finish Lipstick Honolulu Honey - This was my first ever NARS purchase and it has been severely neglected! *slaps hand*

NYC Liquid Lipshine Cappucino - This must be a purchase from a while ago, as the NYC Liquid Lipshine packaging has totally changed now! However this still seems good to use (I am wary of expiring products!) and I love the shimmery nude shade so I thought I'd make some more use of it.

So there we have it for another week! What's in your make up box this week?