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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Review I OPI 'Miss You-niverse' Nail Lacquer

OPI Miss You-niverse Nail Lacquer Review

If you saw my last OPI Nail Lacquer review, you will know all about how and why it's sometimes possible to pick up reduced price OPI Nail Lacquer from discount cosmetics retailers. However, it's important to buy from a reputable outlet as OPI is a desirable brand and inevitably there are some fakes out there. If you want to learn more about genuine and fake OPI, check out this informative blog post here.  

This OPI Nail Lacquer in the shade 'Miss You-niverse' was released a year ago in Autumn 2013 as part of the OPI Miss Universe 2013 Collection. As this was another Autumnal release, the shades are very much in keeping with the current season.  

 Packaging: Rounded glass bottle with a screw plastic lid and brush applicator
Designed for: The nails
Consistency: Runny liquid
Scent: Typical of most nail polish
Size: 15 ml
Price: £1.99
Available from: Direct Cosmetics 

OPI Miss You-niverse Nail Lacquer Nail Swatch

OPI Miss You-niverse Nail Lacquer

The shade 'Miss You-niverse' is a bluish purple with a dark plum undertone. This colour could probably be accurately described as blurple (blue-purple). Most OPI Nail Lacquers come in either one of three finishes: cream, glitter or shimmer and this one is a cream. This is also one of those shades that can look almost black on the nails. 

The formula applies smoothly and the brush glides across the nail giving an opaque finish in just three strokes and one coat! This is a chip resistant formula that gives a very decent wear time compared to most other cheaper nail polish brands I've tried. The bottles also have that nice clicking sound when they're shaken as they contain a ball bearing to make it easier to mix the formula prior to application. But did you know that it's better to roll nail polish rather than to shake it in order to avoid getting those annoying little air bubbles? That may be something to bear in mind next time you paint your nails (pardon the pun!)

OPI nail lacquers look very sleek and professional which is not surprising as many top salons use OPI on their client's manicures.

I love this nearly black shade! It's wearable yet quite dramatic and it's something I'll be using a lot throughout Autumn.

Do you have any current favorite blue nail polishes?
Hanna x

*PR Sample
All opinions are my own, as ever! 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Review I Organic Surge Super Intensive Daily Moisturiser

Organic Surge Super Intensive Daily Moisturiser for Dry Skin Review

 An Intensively hydrating moisturiser, such as this one from Organic Surge, is an essential component in my skincare routine. Even though I have oilier skin than most, my skin is prone to dehydration so I like to use a rich cream over night. 

While we sleep, our skin cells rejuvenate so this is when our skincare products will provide the most effective results

If you have dry skin I think that this cream could be a good daytime moisturiser as it doesn't feel very greasy and it works well as a base under makeup. I usually like to use a very light moisturiser during the daytime and I've been using a sister cream, the Organic Surge Blissful Daily Moisturiser, a lot over the past year or so (review here).

The basics at a glance:

Packaging: Glass Jar with plastic screw lid
Designed for: The face - dry skin
Consistency: Nourishing velvety cream
Scent: Rose and Geranium
Size: 50 ml
Price: £10.95

Available from: Organic Surge 

I've really been enjoying using the Super Intensive Daily Moisturiser from Organic Surge which I purchased for a very discounted price during their 75% off summer sale last year. Although my skin is predominately combination in type, it can also become sensitive and is prone to dehydration. This moisturiser is suitable for sensitive skin and is dermatologically tested which is reassuring to know. This product also contains 99% natural ingredients including skin loving organic rose geranium essential oils. 

When applied to the skin, it feels soothing and absorbs within 10 minutes without leaving a greasy residue. A little bit of this can go a long way but I do like to apply this generously so it didn't last as long as the Organic Surge Blissful Daily Moisturiser did but I still got a good 3-4 months out of it which isn't at all bad. I did start using the MONU Moisture Rich Collagen Cream (review here) as my night cream instead of this one a while ago because I only have a few more uses left and I wanted to save the last bit! Am I the only one who does that?! For me, this is something of a fail-safe option and when my skin has needed extra hydration during the Winter months, I have worn this during the day under makeup and found that it worked well for me.

Organic Surge Super Intensive Daily Moisturiser for Dry Skin Swatch
Organic Surge Super Intensive Daily Moisturiser for Dry Skin Swatch

I think this moisturiser smells lovely but it is strongly rose scented and although the fragrance is natural and from organic essential oils, it may not be to everyone's liking. The only other possible slight negative I have to say about this moisturiser is that as a moisturiser intended primarily for daytime wear for people with dry skin, the inclusion of an SPF would have been a welcome addition in my opinion. I tend to use this as a night cream and opt for foundations with an SPF in during the day so I'm not too concerned about it myself but I do feel it could be a slight disadvantage to this product. 

Natural Skincare

Natural skincare is something I have a growing appreciation for. I like to know that what I'm putting on my skin is going to be good for it and looking after my skin is becoming more important to me as I head towards my thirties.

 This is something that I would definitely repurchase again and it's also worth mentioning that Organic Surge often have sales and special offers on via their website. I've also noticed that Organic Surge products can be purchased from Ocado for quite a lot less than the original RRP.

What are your favorite creams for moisturising dehydrated skin? 


Hanna x

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Essence Cosmetics Discount Makeup Haul

Essence Cosmetics Sale Makeup Haul

Cosmetics Haul

I know I wasn't the only one who was more than a little bit excited about Essence Cosmetics being launched here in the UK earlier this year. The UK Essence release was via Wilkinson and they were already one of my favorite places to shop for toiletries and other beauty stuff. Happily, they also revamped the entire beauty department in most of their stores to coincide with the exciting introduction of Essence Cosmetics. Initially, Essence was only sold in-store but later it was stocked online too. 

I really wanted to try some more of their products but I had a hard time trying to justify buying lots of new makeup to try out when I was still working through a lot of products I'd already bought and was yet to try from other brands. But one evening recently, I was browsing through the Essence Cosmetics available through the Wilkinson website and I was planning a cheeky little purchase at long last when I discovered some £0.50 makeup items! I soon realized that some of these lines were obviously being discontinued as they were from the Spring/Summer 2014 range and we are now in Autumn/Winter 2014.

Discount Price and Availability

I was quite delighted at this discovery and I went ahead and filled up my basket with 8 products that came to a mere £4.00 in total! I chose to have my order delivered to my local store as this was free and I didn't want to pay extra for postage and packaging. Within a couple of days, I had a phone call letting me know that my order was ready to collect so I went off to pick it up. And here's what I got:

Essence 2 in 1 Kajal Pencil in 14 Toffee & Sweets
Essence 2 in 1 Kajal Pencil in 01 Black & White

Essence 2 in 1 Kajal Pencil in Black & White and Toffee & Sweets
Essence 2 in 1 Kajal Pencil in Black & White and Toffee & Sweets

Essence Holographic Effect Mono Eyeshadow in Mint Candy 73
Essence Metallic Effect Mono Eyeshadow Sandy Says Hello 77
Essence Metallic Effect Mono Eyeshadow Fox in the Box 70

Essence Mono Eyeshadows in Mint Candy, Sandy Says Hello and Fox in the Box
Essence Mono Eyeshadows in Mint Candy, Sandy Says Hello and Fox in the Box

Essence Studio Nails 24/7 Base Coat 
Essence Colour & Go in 168 Love Me, Cupcake!

Essence Studio Nails 24/7 Base Coat and Colour & Go in Love Me, Cupcake!
Essence Studio Nails 24/7 Base Coat and Colour & Go in Love Me, Cupcake!

Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss in 24 Just Gorgeous

Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss in Just Gorgeous
Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss in Just Gorgeous

Ordering from Wilkinson online and collecting my order from in-store was a smooth and easy process but I was a little disappointed that one of the eyeshadows was broken despite the items being well packaged and protected in plastic bubble wrap.

D.I.Y Eyeshadow Repair

I did manage to fix up the eyeshadow quite nicely by repressing it with a bit of Isopropyl Alcohol. Since it was only £0.50 and there was only about 1/3 of the shadow broken, I wasn't too bothered about it. You can see the before and after below!

Essence Mono Eyeshadow in Mint Candy Before and After Fixing
Essence Mono Eyeshadow in Mint Candy Before and After Fixing

Last time I looked, there was a few things left on the Wilkinson website and also in-store so it might be worth having a little look if your interested in bagging yourself some bargain beauty goodies too!

What do you think to my bargain Essence Cosmetics Makeup Haul?

Hanna x

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Review I Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Cherish

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Cherish 015'


Lipstick / Lipbalm Hybrid

The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are something of a hybrid between a lipstick and a lipbalm. 

They're something I've heard lots of people talking about and generally saying very good things. I was really excited to try these out and I'm not disappointed at all now that I have. They're everything I hoped they would be and so much more!

 I have a Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in the shade Cherish Devotion 015 to review today.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Cherish 015'

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Cherish 015'

Drugstore makeup dupe

 There's already been much hype about these on many a beauty blog and not least so because they are a drugstore makeup dupe for the Clinique Chubby Sticks.

Packaging: Twist up chubby crayon
Designed for: The lips
Consistency: Soft and balm like
Scent: N/A
Size: 2.7 g
Price: £1.99
Available from: Direct Cosmetics
This is a light barbie pink with a blue undertone. The consistency is balmy and not sticky. I was quite surprised by how highly pigmented this is as most of the other chubby crayons I've tried have been quite sheer and not very pigmented. Of course, it can be worn relatively sheer but this has the advantage of being extremely buildable and this can be used to create a strong pop of colour that is pretty much opaque. The finish is glossy and wet looking although as I already mentioned, the formula isn't sticky. I normally wear lip balm under all of my lip products as I really dislike having dry lips but this is moisturising enough on it's own and it really does feel very comfortable on my lips. The other surprise about this is how genuinely long lasting it is. I know it is a balm stain so it ought to be long wearing but I've tried many other lip stains that really haven't provided much longevity. This stays on effortlessly and even after eating and drinking it only needs touching up rather than completely reapplying.

This is a bright colour and it's one that I really enjoy building up and wearing to it's maximum intensity. But be aware, this is the kind of bright lip colour where people don't look at your face when you talk, they just look at your lips because they're so bright it would be hard for anyone not too! Although this is an attention grabbing colour, it's also one that I find strangely wearable. I can get away with wearing this colour during the day and even at work as I feel more confident wearing this bright pink than I would do wearing a bright coral.  

Discounted Pricing and Availability

This usually retails for £7.99 from places such as Boots and Superdrug but it's currently available from Direct Cosmetics for only £1.99.

This represents a fantastic 75% discount and a £6.00 reduction is the usual RRP. 

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Cherish 015' Swatch

Revlon Kissable Balm Stain Full Face

I'm really glad I've discovered a love for the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains as I always have room in my makeup bag for lovely lip products like this one. I like anything that's moisturising, highly pigmented and long wearing so this definitely gets the thumbs up from me! 

Have you tried any lip crayons before?

 Hanna x

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Cherish 015'

*PR Sample 
All opinions are my own, as ever!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Car Boot Booty #7

Car Boot Booty #7

Welcome back to another round of car boot beauty booty! I'm quite pleased with this week's assortment of products and best of all, everything was super duper bargainlicious! 

I always seem to enjoy the nspa fruit extracts bath and body care range (see my review of their raspberry bath & shower gel here) but I've never tried anything from the coconut line before. This coconut body milk smells incredible and exactly like coconut. I'm not sure I've ever tried a body milk before so I'll be interested to see how this compares to a regular body lotion. I'm guessing this body milk will be lighter than a typical body lotion but hopefully it will be very moisturizing. I like the simple packaging and the pump dispenser should make applying this quick and mess free. It only cost me £0.40p whereas nspa products can usually be picked up on a 2-4-£4 offer at Asda. 

nspa Fruit Extracts Coconut Body Milk

This freesia cleansing body wash is actually is from upmarket toiletries brand Bronnley (Est. 1884). This 250ml bottle retails for £10.50p full price but this was only £0.50p at the car boot sale today. I'm really looking forward to trying this out as it smells lovely. I also noticed that it contains some interesting ingredients including 'a blend of sweet almond protein, witch hazel and orange extract'. The fragrance is described as 'a beautiful freesia scent with green floral notes freshened by watery tones and a fruity blackcurrant twist'. So, I'm hoping that this will be a bit more special than the average body wash…

Bronnley Freesia Cleansing Body Wash

This Yria Rouge Grand Comfort lipstick in the shade Cuivre 201 seems to be a French version of the popular Yves Rocher lipstick line which is available here in the UK. It's actually a very nice shade, a bright peachy coral with a warm orange undertone. The packaging feels elegant and it looks different to any other lipstick I own. This was only £0.20p so once again, definitely a very reasonable buy and one that I'm almost certainly going to enjoy using.

Yria Yves Rocher Rouge Grand Comfort Lipstick Cuivre 201

The Tesco Florence and Fred make-up range was discontinued earlier this year but I never got around to trying any of it whilst it was still in stores. I was really happy to pick up these three products to try for only £0.10p each. The first product the Galaxy Shine Finish Illuminator and it's a cream highlighter. This would be ideal mixed with foundation to give a light diffused and dewy effect to the skin. It could also be applied across the cheekbones as a highlighter. I still need to test this out properly but I do think this has the potential to be a nice product. The foundation isn't something I'm super excited about as I only realized after purchasing that it contains parabens. But I'll still more than likely give this a try as parabens are in more products than I would care to imagine and they're not proven to be dangerous. It's in the shade fair and it looks like it might be light enough to be a good match for my pale skin. The lip gloss is a basic clear gloss which is always useful and something I'm glad to have. As these three products were so inexpensive there really isn't much to loose if I don't like something! 

Tesco F&F Galaxy Shine Highlighter, Fair Foundation and Clear Lipgloss

Over the years, I've noticed that H&M actually do some decent makeup and this little eyeshadow trio looks cute and wearable. The white shade will make a good brow and inner corner highlight, the taupe brown color will be good for defining the crease with and the pink is a nice all over lid color. I paid £0.20p for this and think it's brand new. These little H&M eyeshadow trios usually retail for around £1.99.

H&M Pinks Eyeshadow Trio

I've already admitted to having a major lipbalm problem and here's further proof: I still felt the need to add three more to my already large collection. But at £0.10p each, I don't feel too bad about it. These were originally part of a Boots Christmas gift set and are dessert themed and scented which is cute. They feel comfortable on the lips and seem to be quite moisturizing. I also like the different colors.

Boots Pretty Patisserie Lip Balm Trio

Well, that's it for this week's beauty buys. Hope you enjoyed seeing my booty (err, metaphorically speaking of course!)

 Did you brave the cold today and venture out shopping anywhere?

Hanna x